Second Harvest Food Bank works hard to help those in our community suffering from food insecurity. There are many barriers people face that make it difficult to receive affordable and nutritious food. To help eliminate barriers, Second Harvest is providing weekend food bags to nearly 2,000 students each week and are also delivering food boxes to senior citizens’ doorsteps weekly. A home delivery program is reaching 350 households each week and breakfast and lunches are delivered twice a week to hotels sheltering the homeless.
The demand has grown 36% since the pandemic began and Second Harvest expects to serve 50,000 people this year. The cost of food continues to increase as well with many items such as meat, dairy and canned goods 20-30% more expensive this year than last.
Community Health Foundation has provided $55,000 of support to Second Harvest Food Bank thus far this year; $20,000 for the summer backpack feeding program for children and $35,000 to help purchase a forklift and power jacks to improve efficiency in Second Harvest’s food warehouse.
Many in our community continue to live on the edge, forced to choose between purchasing basic necessities such as food, rent or medicine. Let us remember during this Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week that we can all help those in need through awareness and education, donating and volunteering. Visit https://www.theshfb.org/. to learn more. Together, we can serve at-need individuals, children, families and seniors.