A little bit of help can go a long way for Arizona families faced with hunger.
Resources such as the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona make a huge difference to lower-income families, who often struggle especially during the holiday season. They are faced with tough choices of buying small gifts for a little holiday cheer or having enough food on their table to feed their families. Many families have to stretch their meager food budget even further as kids are home from school during the winter holiday breaks.
These tough decisions are made a little easier at the food bank’s pantry, located at 3003 S. Country Club Road. There, those facing food insecurity can take home some much needed food for free, thanks to the kind donations of others.
Food drives such as the one at Winterhaven Festival of Lights go a long way by collecting a significant amount of food and raising awareness. This year’s winter celebration collected 40,000 pounds of food donations in 18 days, just shy of last year’s 46,000 pounds. In addition to the food donations, $20,000 was raised thanks to generous monetary gifts from festival goers.
These donations are crucial to the food bank’s ability to feed hungry residents. One in four Pima County children fall below the poverty line., while 25 percent are lacking access to enough food.
Food insecurity is a big challenge because it may come and go, depending on a household’s current needs. This is when a family needs to make trade-offs between basic needs such as housing or medical bills and buying nutritionally adequate foods. Learn more about this on the official Feeding America website.
Please consider donating food, money or volunteer time to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
For more information, please visit the official website HERE.