Feeding America today announced that despite recent improvements to the economy, millions of low-income families are still struggling to feed their families as winter sets in and the holidays near.
"Feeding America distributed 3.2 billion meals to 37 million people last year, more food and grocery products than ever before, but significant additional food resources are needed. We are not reaching everyone who needs help, and many of those we serve now need more food than we currently have to offer," said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America."Winter has come early, heating bills are high, and the recent Nov. 1 cut of $5 billion to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for fiscal year 2014, when the ARRA stimulus boost in benefits expired, have made life very hard for many people."
"We want to remind potential donors that Feeding America is a charity that relies almost entirely on donated food and funds to do our work. We are proud to note that we are consistently rated as one of the nation's most efficient charities by Forbes Magazine, Charity Navigator, and other groups that analyze non-profits. Forbes reports that we have an efficiency rating of 98 percent, and Charity Navigator gives us four stars, their highest rating.
"There is an enormous amount of work to do in terms of finding and procuring more food for those we serve. We rescued about 1 billion pounds of fresh produce last year, but we know that there is at least 5 billion more pounds of produce that that currently goes to waste. We also know that although our retail store donation programs have been very succesful, there is much more food that can be safely procured and distributed from the grocery industry. To accomplish all of this work will require a large increase infrastructure, capacity and staffing, at both the local and national level. We need significant additional funds to make all of this happen – and there is an urgency here, hungry people cannot wait," Aiken said.
Here is a snapshot of the work of Feeding America today:
T he need for food assistance remains high .
Charity can't fill the gap if federal hunger-relief programs endure additional cuts .
As Congress makes decisions on spending priorities and deficit reduction, it must safeguard hunger-relief programs and policies that help our nation's most vulnerable citizens and the charities that serve them.
"Feeding America is a remarkable effective and efficient charity. Every dollar donated to us can help us provide the equivalent of nine meals to someone living on the brink of hunger. We greatly need to expand our reach and to acquire more food for more people. And that will take significant funding," Aiken said.
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