As communities endure continuing economic challenges, feeding hungry people with nutritious food is a daunting task. This year, more than ever, the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County is counting on Hunger Awareness Day to help as many as 40,000 residents overcome the increased challenge to feed their families.
Hunger Awareness Day 2011 is set for Friday, June 3, and event organizers say they’ll need to top last year’s “One Day, One Dollar, One Big Challenge to Feed the Hungry” campaign total of $96,000 to meet the ever-growing demand for food assistance in our county. In fact, organizers have set the biggest goal ever of $150,000. Carl Hansen, Executive Director said “because the need is greater than ever we hope to exceed our best Hunger Awareness Day which was almost $130,000. We have no choice but to strive upwards even in these tough fundraising times to meet that need. We can reach our goal if every resident who can, gives a dollar or more!”
Like other food banks across the country, the Food Bank Coalition is working hard to keep up with an ever increasing need for emergency food. It has added new programs and direct sites to address the increase as well as the changing face of hunger. Numbers released by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, last year indicated that the most vulnerable group is children. Unfortunately that statistic is mirrored locally as over 40% of the Food Bank’s clients are under the age of eighteen. The Lovin’ Lunchbox program will be launched this summer to address the decreased availability of nutritious meals when school is not in session. During the school year over 10,000 children in our county receive free and reduced lunch but during the summer that program ends. Dollars raised will help support this effort and much more.
For the complete article see the 06-01-2011 issue.
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