At Green Harvest, we feel that these uncertain times have led us toward aiding low-income families, retirees, and the workers of our community who have recently lost their jobs. We believe that there is a serious problem today when parents must decide between feeding, providing shelter, or buying medicine for their children.
Millions of Americans live from one day to the next uncertain of where their next meal will come from. 15% of Illinoisans live with food insecurity while 1 out of 5 children in our communities live in food insecure households. These are the sad statistics that help to reinforce the importance of the annual national Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive.
This year’s drive will to be held on Saturday, May 13.
National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando said. “Our food drive makes a positive difference in the lives of those who have been dealt difficult hands. Our work and our success will be just as crucial this year as ever, since the problem of hunger in this country shows little sign of going away”
Since the nation’s largest single-day food drive began in 1993, letter carriers—ably assisted by untold thousands of family members, friends and other volunteers—have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of non-perishable food left by customers at their mailboxes and delivered that food to local food banks in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states.
Green Harvest Food Pantry is proud to play a small part in the letter carrier’s work and truly grateful for the food donations we receive because of their efforts.
So please, on May 13th this year, lend a helping hand to your local letter carrier and in turn to Green Harvest Food Pantry by leaving a bag of non-perishable food at your mailbox.
Believe it or not, we are already planning for Easter. That’s right, Easter is April 16. We need to have our Holiday Food Baskets ready by March 18, so each family can be assured that they will have a wonderful meal on this special day we remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Providing a meal that feeds a family (up to 6 people) and some special treats has been a tradition of mine for over 18 years. It is because of this holiday the mission of Green Harvest was founded.
As we enter our 16th year I would like to make this a very special holiday for all our families. You may not know it, but in addition to the 125 families on average we serve, we also help over 20 veterans and 10 shut-in seniors each month. These families are looking for a little calm in the many storms they face everyday. Will you please help us meet the needs of these families this year.
Maybe your church, business, office or civic club would be interested in partnering with us in collecting food items? It can’t happen without you! To help Green Harvest aquire Easter food baskets simply click on the link below to donate.
Can you live on $22 a week? That is the challenge many of our clients face each day.
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