Our community service project benefiting the Food Bank for Monterey County is ongoing through November 15. We are collecting nonperishable food items for those in need over the holidays: canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, cereal, grains, dried beans, and powdered milk. There are several barrels on campus for donations.
Make your donation count: Try to choose food with some nutritional value, check expiration dates, and, if possible, shop with your child and discuss what would be the best donation. We hope you will participate by dropping off some of these items at your convenience.
These are important facts about the Food Bank:
- The Food Bank works in partnership with a number of churches and other organizations year round, not just during the holidays.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (E.F.A.P.) is the Food Bank's largest direct distribution program. It takes place monthly at 26 sites throughout the county. Volunteers distribute bags containing essentials to those in need. The sites are carefully selected and conveniently located in order to make it as easy as possible for people to access the Food Bank services.
- On average through this program, the Food Bank serves 8,500 households per month, with a total of 2.6 million pounds of food annually.
Now we know where the food goes, but why does our drive matter? It matters because we, as a community, are providing food that is given to those experiencing food insecurity.