A few days before the end of the annual food drive to combat hunger in the homes of low-income families, a well-known supermarket chain called on Angelenos to hurry up and donate bags of non-perishable food products.
The twelfth store collection Grocery Outlet Bargain Market which began on June 29, ends on July 31, and the call is for donations to be delivered at its more than 400 locations.
In the Los Angeles area, food donations will be distributed at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Y Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley, among other non-profit organizations.
“Each year, we are amazed at the continued growth of the Hunger Free food drive (Independence from Hunger) due to the commitment of our employees, operators, partners and customers”, said Eric Lindberg, executive director of the supermarket chains.
“We’re so thankful to be able to help our local families rest a little easier, knowing they don’t have to worry about where they’ll get their next meal.”
As we know, with inflation on the rise, many more families have turned to local food banks for help.
This year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that up to 30 million adults and 12 million children live in food-insecure households.
In the Hispanic community, Feeding America has revealed that Latinos are two and a half times more likely to live in food insecure households compared to the white community.
“Each of our independently owned and operated stores is committed to providing nutritious food to families in need,” Lindberg said.
He added that for 76 years, they have been committed to supporting local community organizations.
“Since its launch in 2011, campaign efforts Independence from Hunger has raised nearly $14 million nationwide”.
And he stressed that customers can make a difference in the fight against hunger by visiting their local supermarket and participating with one of these simple steps:
- You can also make cash donations. If you donate $5 or more in a single transaction in store or online, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more.
- You can purchase a ready-made bag containing a variety of groceries selected by your local food agency, then drop it off at the pickup area located at the store entrance.
- Donate at the store checkout. Donations will go directly to the local food agency that store supports. Donate $1, $5 or you can round up the total of your payment.
Donate online by visiting GroceryOutlet.com/Donate.
Michael Flood, President of Los Angeles Regional Food Bankone of the food banks that will benefit from the supermarket chain’s collection, said that as the community continues to recover from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, they now face another challenge: higher prices in supermarkets. and at gas stations.
“Support from Grocery Outlet It allows us to provide food and nutritional assistance to the people in our community who need it most.”
Chanya Blumenkrantz, director of development for MEND, said the food services they offer benefit between 20,000 and 25,000 people a month.
“These numbers remain high as paychecks have been squeezed by gas prices and other costs; while food stamps (food stamp) they are not enough for as much as just a year ago; and the children do not go to school during the summer.”
He pointed out that MEND relies on donations from people to feed the community.
“When you make a donation to the campaign Independence from Hunger in your local store, you are feeding people in need who can be our neighbors, friends; and sometimes, family members. They appreciate your support and MEND too.”