Photo of a north Texas food bank, courtesy of Social Club Dinner.
A while ago I shared a recipe for Savory Rosemary Shortbread Cookies + Creamy Whipped Feta with Rosemary on Social Club Dinner, and today I am thrilled to welcome them to An Edible Mosaic! The topic for discussion is something no one really likes to talk about, but one that definitely needs addressing: hunger.
At Social Club Dinner, we celebrate the coming together of new friends and old, who join together to enjoy a delicious meal. The beauty of sharing quality time with loved ones over a nutritious plate of food is not something to be enjoyed merely on occasion. Instead, this time-honored tradition should be enjoyed regularly by all. For that reason, we want to share with you, our fellow food lovers, at-home cooks, and everyday eaters, the importance of sharing this gift with those in need, especially during the summer months.
While donations and food drives are abundant in the winter and around the holidays, many people don’t know that these donations begin to steeply decline as summer approaches. This decrease in donations coupled with an increased need makes for a major problem for many local food banks.
This infographic from Feeding America helps explain Food Insecurity.
While most kids and families are celebrating summer break, there are those who begin to face the hardest months of the year. When school is finally out and children no longer have to think about arithmetic or spelling tests, their worries turn to where their next meal is coming from instead. Summer marks the hungriest time of the year for many families, when they can no longer rely on government and school-provided meals.
Social Club Dinner is dedicated to helping food banks deliver nutritious meals to those in need, especially during this time of year. We encourage you to join in and help in any way you can. Fighting hunger is a daunting task, but with your help and contributions, we can move the needle. Find a food bank near you!
Places to volunteer:
- Food Banks: A place that solicits stores and distributes large donations of food to places like a food pantry or soup kitchen.
- Food Pantries: A food pantry provides three to five-day food packages to families that have a place to live, but not enough food. These packages are designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals.
- Soup Kitchens: Soup kitchens serve walk-ins in need of a hot meal, the only meal of the day for many of them. Most soup kitchens serve a full, balanced meal, and some also prepare and deliver meals to the homebound.
- Other: There are many other organizations that offer food services to those in need. This can range from women’s and children’s shelters to local churches.
Other ways to get involved:
- Volunteer your time
- Host a food drive
- Donate food
- Make a monetary donation
Local food banks do so much more than just deliver meals to those in need, and are far from giving handouts. Many organizations across the country have created numerous programs that not only help people get back on their feet, but teach them how to stay there. Whether it is the basics of nutrition-based grocery shopping or healthy food prep, food banks provide invaluable services to communities across the United States. So we urge you: get involved!
Contributions of all sizes can be life-changing.