School collecting donations for Food Bank
School collecting donations for Food Bank

Our November community service project benefiting the Food Bank for Monterey County is ongoing through November 16. 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.

At their assemblies last week, students learned these important facts about the Food Bank:

The Food Bank of Monterey County works in partnership with the following organizations year round, not just during the holidays:

  • St. Phillip's Lutheran Church, Carmel Valley
  • Marina Library
  • Shoreline Church, Monterey
  • St. Angela's Catholic Church, Pacific Grove
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Seaside
  • Carmel Valley Village

The Emergency Food Assistance Program is the Food Bank's largest direct distribution program. It takes place monthly at 26 sites throughout the county (including the locations listed above). Volunteers distribute bags containing essentials to those in need. The sites are carefully selected and conveniently located 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.

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