The Issue: Hunger in Miami Valley
In the United States, 1 in 6 people face hunger on a daily basis, according to Feeding America. In Ohio alone, 16.1% of households are food insecure, meaning they live with uncertainty about the availability of food. That places the state above the national average for food insecurity, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Lack of food is the reality for many people in the Miami Valley area—a reality The Foodbank hopes to change. By fulfilling the orders of other local nonprofits, The Foodbank distributes nutritious food to individuals and families throughout the community.
The Campaign: Providing Nutritious Meals to People in Need
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The Foodbank to provide nutritious food to people in need in the Miami Valley. For every $10 raised, The Foodbank can provide 40 meals. After The Foodbank acquires the food, it is distributed among an 85-member network of associated nonprofit agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters. Those groups then make sure the meals get into the hands of people who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity.
The Foodbank has a straightforward mission: to relieve hunger in the Miami Valley. To achieve this goal, the organization distributes food and other supplies to its network of 85 partner nonprofits, including food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters. The Foodbank also works with local schools through its Good-to-Go Backpack program, giving backpacks full of kid-friendly yet nutritious food to over 1,400 children at risk of experiencing hunger over the weekend, when they don't have access to free or reduced lunch at school. And at mobile farmers' markets, The Foodbank delivers fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and packaged food to communities without a local food pantry. Last year, The Foodbank distributed 7.2 million pounds of food—2.2 million pounds of which was fresh produce—to people in need.