ABC7 Safeway Summer Food Drive in Marin

July 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Help end hunger in the Bay Area! We're kicking off the ABC7 Safeway Summer Food Drive!

Hunger doesn't take a vacation. Join Safeway and ABC7 for a month-long food drive to end hunger in Alameda County. Summer is a critical time for kids because low-income children who normally receive free or reduced lunches during the school year no longer have this meal. As a result, parents struggle to find the extra funds needed to provide healthy, nutritious meals for their children.

It's easy to help. Take advantage of the two-for-one specials the next time you're grocery shopping or bring your nonperishable donations to your local store and drop them in the red Food Bank barrels. Find the Safeway store nearest you by visiting www.shop.safeway.com/superstore.

Sunday, July 6 - Saturday, August 2
www.bayareahunger.org

Marin Community Food Bank
75 Digital Dr.
Novato, CA 94949
www.marinfoodbank.org
415-883-1302
Open from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The mission of Marin Community Food Bank is to provide quality food, the most basic of all human necessities, to people in Marin County who need nutritional assistance. The Food Bank values the privacy of our donors. We do not sell, exchange or distribute donor information with any other agencies, organizations or individuals.

For more information on Bay Area Food Banks, visit www.bayareahunger.org.

Here is a list of urgently needed food items: (non-perishables only)

  • Peanut Butter
  • Chicken
  • Tuna (and other foods high in protein)
  • Soups
  • Stew
  • Chili
  • Cereal
  • Juice Containers
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables

NO GLASS CONTAINERS PLEASE!

Statistics

According to Bay Area Food Banks:

  • Over half a million people are at risk of going hungry each month.
  • About 38% are children.
  • Every month, one in five children in the Bay Area is at risk of hunger.

According to the California Budget Project and 2007 Federal Register:

  • The national poverty threshold for a family of four is an annual income of $20,650.
  • Bay area numbers are startling. A Bay Area family with two working parents and two children must earn at least $70,000 just to make ends meet.
  • This compares to a statewide average of $58,000.

According to California Food Policy Advocates:

  • Nearly 400,000 children in the Bay Area are eligible for the Summer Food Service Program.
  • These are kids who participate in subsidized school lunch programs during the academic year.
  • Sadly, only 20% sign up for the free summer lunches because so few know about the program.


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