You know it's Spring because the weather calms down (allegedly), the trees get their buds, and the winds begin to howl. And yes, while I am typing this it's snowing in the spring. Likewise, you know it's fall because the leaves begin to change their colors, and the weather gets a little crisper. I am so thankful that we live in one of the few places that enjoys (if you don't just pretend) all 4 seasons. Just as I am getting sick of the heat of July, I am so happy to see September.
In my job at the Food Bank, I also know the seasons because of what's happening... or in this case what isn't happening! Every Spring we see a huge downshift in the amount of donated food. I know every year, that we are going to get about half of the monthly donations we receive from September through January. Like clockwork this happens every year. It has happened again this year.
We have seen an over 50% decrease in the amount of food donated. Many think that hunger increases in the winter, and decreases the rest of the year. What we actually see is a huge spike in need in July -- yes, July, the deepest depth of summer. When you consider parents having to provide three meals a day when kids are out of school it might make more sense to you.
When I say this in public places, I am invariably asked, "What can we do?" Here's what you can do:
· Remember to donate year round; hunger doesn't know a season.
· Check on your neighbors, and see if they are okay.
· Make monetary donations monthly. You would be surprised how useful /helpful it is for us to have someone donate even $10 a month.
· Remember that in July, we will need food/money/time donated.
Thank you in advance. The people of this area are always so good to the Food Bank. You can make online donations here: www.hpfb.org/donate
Also, here's a story KAMRNBC4 did on the subject: watch here