I am raising money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. A recent survey revealed that about a third of Arizona families are experiencing food insecurity; they don’t have enough food to last the month and there wasn’t enough money to get more.
COVID has hit low-income households the worst, both in terms of health and job loss, especially in our Hispanic and Indigenous communities, elderly and those in rural areas.
And this is happening all over the country. Feeding America, a national hunger relief program, estimates that more than 50 million people may face hunger because of the coronavirus, including 17 million children.
In 2018, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona was named the “Food Bank of the Year” by Feeding America, so I’m happy to contribute in a small way to their ongoing efforts to assists families in need.
- From March – Sept. 2020, the Community Food Bank served 200,000 people with emergency food in southern Arizona. That’s equal to the normal annual number.
- The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally a busy for the Food Bank. In 2019, 1,000 families received food. In 2020, that number was 2,500.
If 2020 taught me anything, is that it’s no longer enough to be a passive ally. You have to act. More and more of our neighbors are facing hunger. I want to help my neighbors in my new community, so if you have the means, please give.