“We know that through our network, we only serve a fragment of the people who are food insecure and eligible for our services,” Perdue said.
During the holiday season, local families experience “financial pressures” through higher heating costs, children being out of school that creates increased childcare and food costs and the desire to purchase Christmas gifts for their children that they can’t necessarily afford.
Thankfully, this also is the time of year when people are in the “giving mood,” he said.
Once again, The Journal-News is working with the Foodbank through its Community Food Relief. Last year, nearly $11,000 was raised to help Shared Harvest Foodbank feed hungry families and 88,000 meals were provided.
Since 2004, more than $256,000 has been donated to the food relief, according to Shared Harvest Foodbank financial records.
All contributions are distributed through a network of community and faith-based food pantries, shelters and community kitchens.
For every $1 given, eight meals are provided for people living in the Shared Harvest Foodbank coverage area.
Community Food Relief History
Year, Total Donation
SOURCE: Shared Harvest Foodbank
HOW TO DONATE:
• Go to www.journal-news.com/foodrelief to give online
• Send a check to Community Food Relief, 5901 Dixie Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014
• Look for the envelopes inserted in the Journal-News on Dec. 15, and Dec. 22.