In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the sharing of food with our neighbors, representatives of the Guarantee Good Will Network presented a $3,000 check to Community Food Bank CEO, Andy Souza.
The Community Food Bank distributes food to more than 170 nonprofit distribution partners located throughout Fresno, Madera, and Kings Counties. The CFB serves 90,000 people every week and distributes over 24 million pounds of food each year. For every $1 donated, the CFB can purchase $8 worth of food. Every $10 donation provides food for a family of 4 for a week.
The Fresno region experienced a significant increase in food hardship last year. In fact, The Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group based in Washington, D.C., ranked the Fresno region number one on a list of the 100 metropolitan areas in the nation with the highest food hardship rates. Food hardship is defined as not having enough money to purchase the food one needs.
The study identified an increase in food hardship in the Fresno region, from 24.1 percent in 2009 to 27.2 percent experiencing food hardship in 2010. This increase represents an additional 34,100 individuals, that number includes as many as 11,000 children, within Community Food Bank’s service area now struggling with hunger.