Friday, April 30, 2021
Over a year has passed since we first witnessed mile-long car lines waiting for food, with no end in sight. Each car represents a family whose lives have been turned upside down due to the pandemic. It is truly surreal. For many of these families, it marks the first time they are coming to the food bank for food.
With each passing car that comes through our drive-thru mobile pantries, we are met with a choir of “thank you’s” and a sense of appreciation and gratitude. Parents no longer have to witness the anguish in their children’s eyes when they say, “Mommy, I’m hungry,” and there isn’t anything to eat in the refrigerator. Their relief is heartwarming, and despite the masks, smiles are ever-present as families know that they don’t have to go to bed with an empty stomach.
Thankfully, these families are turning to Harry Chapin Food Bank. The primary role of our mission is to source and distribute nutritious food and fresh produce through our food distribution programs. Subsequently, the food bank is the safety net of our community. Our efforts ensure that those who are hungry can find nourishment.
Right now, YOU can make a difference to the quarter of a million people that we serve each month. St. John’s Episcopal Church presented the food bank with an $80,000 challenge match. With your support, when we raise $80,000 your dollar will be fully matched, doubling the impact for the families in the sea of cars that wait in line to receive food.
This week, we distributed 941,020 pounds of food to those who are hungry. Your support enables us to ensure that no one has to go hungry. We are incredibly grateful to those who helped make this happen.
If you are well, able, and willing to give your time, please click here to sign up.
If you are looking for food, please click here.
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