Why Food Banks Matter to Your Community Wellbeing

As the current pandemic progresses, we are not only feeling a sense of unity in California but all across the nation. We are all trying to adjust, stay healthy, and remain level-headed while we lock ourselves away in our homes, away from any risk. But it’s not like this for everyone. Some people do not have the safety net of a loving or secure home. Many families are struggling to find work, educate their children, and continue to put food on the table. Although the government has implemented programs and financial alternatives for people who are struggling, it sometimes isn’t enough. And this is where we come in – the community – on doing our part and helping our fellow neighbors. This means we can donate our extra canned goods and nonperishables to the local food banks.

A food bank is sometimes the only place where people can obtain the food they need to provide for themselves and their families, typically filled with basic provisions and non-perishables all for free. Each year billions of pounds of food are wasted while one in four people in the world is malnourished. One in seven Americans rely on food banks. Donating anything – whether it be food, water, napkins, or cutlery it all helps.

Another study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that food banks can significantly improve food security and dietary intake for people served. Making a habit of donating can do good for others and yourself. When you donate you are contributing and increasing the overall community wellbeing of your local area. It’s important to help out your friends and family, but many people forget about the other members of the community. The strangers that might not be as well off as you are. During this time of chaos, remember others in the community that may be unemployed because of COVID19 or might be forced to put their education on hold, single mothers, single fathers, etc. We’re all in this together, visit your local food back today and donate the extra food in your pantry.

We know times are tough and some essential items are scarce. But, canned goods and other nonperishables are still in stock and can be contributed. Try buying an extra tub of peanut butter, nuts, trail mix, or canned goods and make a trip to your local food bank. Put on your mask, get out your gloves, hand sanitizer, and give back to your community.

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