This past Thanksgiving I was able to get our entire Thanksgiving meal from a local food pantry. We received a turkey, cranberries and potatoes—everything I needed to give my kids a normal, happy holiday. This week I plan on going to the food pantry for the items we need to make our Christmas meal. Without the extra help from pantries there is no way I would be able to make the holidays special for my kids. Life may be hard sometimes, but my kids mean the world to me—I am so grateful we get to celebrate the holidays together.
When Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast on October 29, 2012, the need was massive, the logistics complicated. Fortunately, Feeding America's Disaster Relief Program was already in place and able to mobilize quickly.
May is National Strawberry Month and many Feeding America food banks have received their first round of strawberry donations over the last several weeks. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County benefits annually from the plentiful strawberry harvests that take place near (and even next door) to their Food Bank. Last year alone, they provided 385,630 pounds of donated strawberries to their Santa Cruz County neighbors in need.
Romelda has never made a lot of money, but she's always managed to get by. The food pantry at Mayfair Church of Christ helps ensure that no matter what health problems hinder her future, Romelda will never have to worry about having enough to eat. After a lifetime of hard work, this assurance is finally something Romelda can rest in.
Too many older adults in America face challenges that limit their ability to obtain or prepare food, including limited budgets, declining mobility and medical issues. A 2012 study conducted for the Greater Chicago Food Depository by the Social IMPACT Research Center found that more than 183,000 older adults in Cook County are at risk of hunger. The Greater Chicago Food Depository has developed several programs that address the needs of food-insecure older adults.