The Importance of Food Banks
According to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, one in eight people living in Colorado are struggling with hunger. Additionally, one in five children do not have access to enough healthy food to thrive. Those are quite staggering numbers. With unemployment and poverty on the rise, the need for food assistance will only continue to increase. In fact, food banks have become a main source of food for many families today.
The first food bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, was established by John van Hengel in Arizona in 1967. It was created to ensure that families would have access to healthy food during times of crisis. When food banks were first created, the need for food was significantly lower and families would typically only visit a food bank in a dire situation. Today, food banks make it possible for many to be able to survive through the month.
With so many families relying on donations, it is important that food banks use every method available to collect as much food as possible. Some of the methods commonly used by food banks include:
-Raising money to purchase food in bulk through individual donors and corporate sponsors;
-Collecting donations through food drives held at local businesses;
-Collecting donations from grocery stores, farmers, and restaurants;
-Recruiting volunteers to assist in the collection and distribution of donations;
Thanks to the help from Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado and 286 other hunger relief organizations, 19.1 million meals were served to those in need in Southern Colorado last year. If you would like to learn more about how you can help to fight hunger, please go to www.careandshare.org for more information.
At McKinney and Associates, we are doing our part to help fight hunger in Southern Colorado with our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items from October 16th, 2017 through November 16th, 2017. Please feel free to bring in your donations to our office Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. We are conveniently located in downtown Colorado Springs at 414 S. Tejon Street. Please call (719) 633-4541 for more information.