If you’re a person working one or two part-time jobs and still not able to keep nutritional veggies and fruit on the table for your family, you might need to go to your local food bank to help feed your family. How do you find that food bank?
You can obtain a free copy of the 2018 Yavapai County Directory of Emergency Food Resources produced by Cornucopia. You can download it at www.cornucopiaca.org and ask for a printed copy at your local library.
And looking at your community’s capacity for feeding your food insecure neighbors, you can be assured that local food banks and pantries, hot meals programs, senior centers, and youth centers are eligible to receive free food from Cornucopia’s Food Recovery program.
Food recovery supplies food to the hungry that would otherwise be wasted. And America wastes 40% of the food it produces. Cornucopia helps grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers rescue and distribute food to those who feed the hungry. Why should we be concerned about the hungry?
The lower levels of income earners have not significantly increased their income since the 1980s, yet the costs of living continue to rise, rendering 46% of Arizona households “financially insecure.” Almost half of Arizona households are at risk of food insecurity.
Furthermore, partisan battles in Congress delay the passage of the huge Farm Bill that funds farmers and food assistance programs. The Farm Bill was due to be reauthorized by September 30th, but that did not happen. Uncertainty for farmers and the food insecure continues through the end of this year.
I ask you to be aware of these tensions and understand why it’s important for you to support your local emergency food providers with donations and by engaging as volunteers. As a nation, we face rises in food prices due to inflation and tariff battles that drive the financially insecure to emergency food providers.
Let’s understand and support our financially vulnerable neighbors who find that they need extra food to feed their families.
By Harvey Grady, President/CEO