River Bend Foodbank News!
Simply, the more donations made to the River Bend Foodbank from March 1st to April 30th, the more of the Feinstein challenge money we will get! For the 15th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds this March and April.
Only donations or pledges received from March 1st to April 30th, from use of the Feinstein challenge will qualify. These donations can include cash, checks or pledges.
Upon the completion of the Challenge, the Foodbank will report the amount raised through the challenge. $1 Million will be divided proportionately among all participating agencies (a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 to participating agencies).
Feinstein's past annual spring $1 Million challenges to fight hunger have raised over $1.25 Billion for over 2,000 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy. A full report of the results of this 2012 Challenge will be available in July.
To make a donation visit www.riverbendfoodbank.org
A landmark study released by River Bend Foodbank and Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports that more than 138,645 people, including 48,000 children, receive emergency food each year through River Bend and its member agencies. On any given week, River Bend Foodbank's distribution network serves 16,000 different people, according to a brand new study titled Hunger in America 2014. The findings represent a 77% increase since the findings reported in Hunger in America 2010.
Nationally, more than one in seven households experience food insecurity or hunger. An estimated 46.5 million people receive emergency food assistance each year through the Feeding America network from either food pantries, soup kitchens, or other agencies served by one of Feeding America's more than 200 food banks, including River Bend Foodbank.
During the 2010 iteration of this study, River Bend Foodbank’s Executive Director, Tom Laughlin, stated "This is by far the most in-depth study ever conducted on the state of hunger in our service area…It will be very beneficial to have the hard data on what hunger looks like right here. Unfortunately, it's a picture of people having to choose between food and heating fuel or food and medication." In the 2014 version, many individuals still were forced to make difficult tradeoffs.
Also in 2010, Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, said "It is morally reprehensible that we live in the wealthiest nation in the world where one in six people are struggling to make choices between food and other basic necessities. These are choices that no one should have to make, but particularly households with children. Insufficient nutrition has adverse effects on the physical, behavioral and mental health, and academic performance of children. It is critical that we ensure that no child goes to bed hungry in America as they truly are our engine of economic growth and future vitality."
The methodology incorporated into the 2014 study includes data collected from October 2012 through January 2013. The River Bend Foodbank conducted face-to-face interviews with more than 600 people seeking emergency food at food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding programs, as well as interviews with 180 agencies that provide food assistance.
Of the 138,645 different people who access food assistance in River Bend's service area:
86% are food insecure and do not know where their next meal will come from
60% of client households have an adult who has worked for pay in the last 12 months
34% of the people the Foodbank serves are children under age 18
70% of clients served by the Foodbank choose between paying for heat or utilities
62% chose between paying for food or medicine in the last 12 months