Spring Food Drives Aim to Stock the Shelves

Spring has (finally) sprung! For some, spring means budding trees and flowers. For others, spring means baseball and barbecues or spring cleaning. But, for food banks and pantries across the country, spring means Spring Food Drives.

To food banks, spring means that just around the bend children will be home from school for the summer and will no longer have access to the free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch that many families rely upon. Also, the large holiday food donations that helped feed clients all winter long are typically running low in spring and food banks are looking for renewed sources of support.

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How big of a problem is hunger in the United States? Unfortunately, the facts and figures of hunger in America are startling:

  • 1 in 7 Americans have sought food assistance1
  • 46.5 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, utilize a food bank1
  • 69% of Feeding America client households have had to choose between food and utilities1
  • More than 20% - 1 in 5 – children live at risk of hunger2
  • 1 in 8 American households receives benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps)3

Acts of generosity and the kindness of strangers helps feed those struggling to put food on the table every day. You can make a difference in the lives of the hidden hungry in your community. Monetary donations, food drives and volunteering are the best ways to support food banks and pantries. Corporations, individuals, groups and schools can make an impact by running a spring food drive using YouGiveGoods. YouGiveGoods online drives break the geographic barriers of a traditional collection box drive – now employees, friends and family all over the country can donate food to support your drive.

A simple way to lend your support is to donate to an existing YouGiveGoods spring food drive. With the click of a button you can donate needed food to the St. Patrick’s Spring Food Drive, Food for Freedom Food Drive, St. Peter’s Prep Replenish the Pantry Shelves (Jersey City, NJ), and Food Drive by Koshish to name a few.

As you enjoy the beauty and renewal that spring brings, remember that with a simple act you can be part of the renewal of a struggling family by offering your support to a food bank today.

1FeedingAmerica.org, Hunger in America 2014

2USDA.gov, Household Food Security in the Unites States in 2014

3Bread.org, Facts on Hunger and Poverty in the United States

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