This week I am thankful for the fact that a month after the CZU Lighting Complex Fire started, they’re reporting 97% containment. That, along with improvements in our air quality go a long way in helping us start working to repair and rebuild in our communities so impacted by this fire.
Another thing I am grateful for is the tremendous support Second Harvest has seen from the beginning of this pandemic, through the shelter-in-place, around support for our fire evacuees and last night in closing our Fueling Their Future virtual campaign.
Many of you might not know about our nutrition programs. Twenty-two years ago, Second Harvest launched what was really a ground-breaking program. Instead of just focusing on distributing calories (food is food, after all, right? – WRONG!) The Food Bank pivoted to distributing NUTRITION. Locally grown vegetables and fruit, wholesome pantry items and, when available, lean proteins.
This distribution was accompanied by nutrition education. Tips on how to read labels, what are the hidden sugars and how can you reduce sugar and fat in your diet when cooking from home. The distributions provide up to 40lbs of pre-bagged produce along with a recipe card for making something from that bounty.
Did you know that this model is what has allowed us to be able to jump into our drive through distributions so quickly once shelter-in-place created such critical needs in our county? We already had the bagged model, we just needed to expand it. Which we did with the help of the national guard as well as community volunteers.
FUELING THEIR FUTURE CAMPAIGN PRELIMINARY RESULTS:: Last night, the community came together and raised 380,000 meals, which when doubled by our match is actually 760,000 healthy meals (FYI donations will be matched through September 30th) for our Food For Children program You all have helped us keep delivering the nutritious food everyone needs in order to face our current challenges with resiliency. Thank you.
This week we were back at the Fairgrounds, and we'll be back there on Oct 2nd.