FROM HUNGER TO HOPE
BUILDING A BETTER FOOD BANK
A nine-year-old girl told Food Finders recently that she knew her mom was skipping meals to make sure her kids had enough to eat. Our hearts ached for this mother. We tried to imagine what it must feel like to worry about feeding our own kids; but truly, it’s unimaginable.
Though hunger touches more families now than ever, we are uplifted by the great work Food Finders has been able to accomplish through the years. Previously, nine million pounds of food seemed like a distant dream. Now, it’s our reality.
Every day, our services are evolving and expanding, reaching more of our hungry neighbors across sixteen counties. Food banking has changed dramatically since the construction of our current building. We are enjoying much greater access to fresh and frozen food, which means healthier options for the families we serve. We have also learned that simply handing out food isn’t enough. We now pair that food with education – helping families utilize all available food resources to live healthy lives.
The location and size of our building make it possible for Food Finders to meet the needs of people facing hunger in our communities.
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WE CAN DO MORE, AND WE MUST DO MORE.
In a larger, centrally-located facility, Food Finders will grow to meet the needs of the community, to provide more food to more people and to equip them with the tools they need to feed themselves.
WE WILL FEED MORE CHILDREN AND SENIORS.
With more storage space, we will be able to source and distribute more food through our Agency Partner, Mobile Pantry and BackPack Programs – reaching thousands more of our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk citizens.
WE WILL FEED MORE WORKING FAMILIES.
In an accessible location, we have a food pantry that is open evenings and weekends – the first of its kind in the area.
WE WILL HELP FAMILIES HELP THEMSELVES.
Giving away food is no longer enough. Families need help understanding how to use the food they have available to them. In an accessible location, we provide outreach and education programming on topics including healthy meal preparation, thrifty meal preparation, budgeting, and maximizing other resources.
WE WILL GIVE PEOPLE MORE HEALTHY CHOICES.
In our new facility, we will have plenty of cold storage space and room to grow, which will mean more nutritious, fresh food for children and families.