We have enough food in this country to feed everyone.
When we all come together, it is amazing what can happen. You might wonder how we can transform every $1.00 we receive into acquiring 8 meals. We receive millions of pounds of donated food from many places, but we have to pay to get the food to us, whether our drivers pick it up locally or we pay a trucking company to transport the food from another part of the country.
Here’s how it all works
The largest source of the food we receive comes from Feeding America. Being one of 200 Feeding America food banks nationwide is a win, win, win situation. Feeding America works with national manufacturers who donate truckloads of food to food banks, we pay for the food to be processed, transported, stored, and distributed locally, and people in need have access to a variety of great food that might otherwise have gone to waste.
Why do national manufacturers donate food? Sometimes products aren’t manufactured or labeled correctly. For example, General Mills recalled 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios labeled gluten free because there was a chance they weren’t actually gluten-free. We received a truckload of this perfectly good cereal and our volunteers relabeled the packages. We also receive fresh produce that is deemed “ugly,” which means that grocers don’t accept it because they know consumers won’t purchase it. We love ugly food!
This food comes from local grocery stores, restaurants, local farmers, and other businesses. They have too much food and we know plenty of people that don’t have enough. Our drivers pick up the food throughout the week and distribute it to our partner agencies, who give it to people who need it.
Donated Food from Community Members
Hosting a food drive is something everyone can do and it’s fun! Corporate executives and kindergartners alike can play a part in saying no to hunger in our community by collecting food from friends and family.
We Buy Locally
We buy things like produce from local growers, cereal, canned foods, frozen foods, pasta, rice, and meat from growers, ranchers and brokers. We can buy in very large quantities, which allow us to keep expenses down.
Lastly, in partnership with USDA Foods, we administer The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). These programs provide nutritious food to seniors and people in poverty. The food comes to Care and Share, is packaged by our volunteers, and delivered to people in need through the help of our program partners.