In a town where the average household income is nearly half of what the U.S. average household income is and the poverty level is pushing 40%, resources such as community food banks can be a huge help.
Now, what if you were told that the town I was just referencing was a town that you called home?
As a town, Ellensburg has struggled for at least two years to meet the U.S. average household income by almost 50%. This number is alarming. But have no fear, FISH Community Food Bank is here to make sure that everyone in our community goes to sleep with a full and content stomach.
FISH Community Food Bank has had many food drives over the years where they have received generous amounts of food from local residents. On almost a daily basis, FISH Community Food Bank receives food donations in addition to the food supplied by federal programs through the USDA. However, FISH Community Food Bank needs more than just food donations in order to stay open and running–they need money.
The money that is donated can go farther than what you would be able to at a grocery store. I say this because food banks order and buy in bulk; with the nonprofit discount they receive in this process, they are able to make a dollar spread. This cash donation is also used to buy the perishable items that you cannot donates such as milk, fruits, and vegetables. Without this money, it is nearly impossible for food banks to provide a healthy meal.
Let us not forget that FISH Community Food Bank, and all other food banks, are a business and run like one. Heating, gas, electrical all need to be paid for by the end of the month.
So, can the food drives and donate money instead