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Since first opening its doors in 2003, The Salvation Army Food Bank has provided over 1.3 million pounds of donated food to local households. Here's a look at the impact the Food Bank has had on families in your communities in its first six years, plus the tremendous savings it has afforded organizations that serve those in need:
Salvation Army Food Bank Distributions Since 2003
Agency Savings (2003-2008)
2003 - $475,324
2004 - $946,684
2005 - $1,339,882
2006 - $1,336,548
2007 - $1,488,183
2008 - $1,562,877
Total agency savings thru 12/31/08: 7,149,498
The Many Faces of Hunger
We've become accustomed to associating it with the face of homelessness... but it is everywhere. Hunger has many faces. It hinders classroom performance in school children who do without breakfast most mornings, or who eat their cafeteria lunch and then nothing else all day.
The disabled and seniors on low incomes, often homebound, agonize over whether to buy food or pay for their prescriptions.
Parents in working-poor families must decide to either pay the electric bill and skimp on feeding their children...or go to the supermarket and then serve supper by candlelight.
Hunger is a formidable foe in our communities. It will not be defeated overnight, but your volunteer service, monetary gifts and food donations can go a long way toward helping us in this fight.
Hard times fall on all of us at some time in our lives
For thousands of individuals and families in St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam Counties, hard times mean not enough food on the table. There are scores of agencies and churches in these communities that can help provide groceries to get folks through a crisis. The Salvation Army Food Bank in St. Augustine furnishes such organiza-tions with a bountiful supply of nutritious food to share with those in need.
Food Pantry, or Food Bank?
Organizations that provide groceries for needy families often acquire their food supplies from a "food bank", which serves as a clearinghouse for donations of surplus foods from individuals, manufacturers, vendors, retailers and even from the U.S. government.
Food banks provide food to churches, senior centers, residential shelters, after-school pro-grams and other organizations that feed the hungry. Some programs use the food in their kitchens to prepare meals for clients, while others operate "pantries" to distribute dry, canned and perishable goods to those in need.
Think of it this way: donors "deposit" surplus food into food banks, then agencies "withdraw" those groceries and stock them in food "pantries", distributing them to eligible individuals and families.
Providing Help and Hope
Representatives from hunger-fighting organizations come to receive their food orders~ sometimes a few boxes, sometimes a large truckload. The Salvation Army Food Bank , established in 2003, provides food for families in crisis in St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam Counties.
The Food Bank stores donated food in its secure facility at 1731-7 Dobbs Road in St. Augustine. Its walk-in freezer and cooler units keep perishable items at optimal temperatures, and non-perishables are shelved for distribution, county-by-county, in the Food Bank's neat, clean warehouse area.
Serving the Working Poor
Northeast Florida is one of the state's fasting growing regions. The construction industry employs hundreds of "day laborers", who work very long hours for minimal daily pay. Most start their workday with no breakfast and usually skip lunch, because every penny they make is needed to purchase food for a single end-of-day meal for them and their families.
The Food Bank is actively involved in The Salvation Army's "Feed the Hungry" program, which serves nearly 1,300 morning meals each month at four to five "day labor" establishments. The Food Bank's vision is that this program will assist in permanent job placements, improve per-sonal health and reduce petty crime in our community.
Fight for Food!
Each fall, young people from St. Johns, Putnam, and Flagler county high schools engage in an all-out battle to collect the most food for The Salvation Army Food Bank. The four-week competition culminates in an award presentation ceremony. Students want your donations of non-perishables to help them come out on top. "Fight for Food" provides supplemental groceries for thousands of families in need at the holidays and into the New Year.
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