COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF
This IS NOT FOREVER it is just right now.
During the second half of 2020, growingSOUL and our partners have distributed food boxes to feed more than 1.4M people.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the USDA exercised authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need, partnering with national, regional and local distributors whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses. The initiative purchased up to $4.5 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers of all sizes.
One of the advantages of being a nimble non-profit with long-standing relationships across the food and community chains, in June 2020, The growingSOUL Collaborative, expanded from the Mid-Atlantic to include New York's Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. The Collaborative focuses on feeding marginalized communities most impacted by Covid-19, pivoting to serve those living in the initial epicenter of the virus and its economic fallout.
30 pound boxes of fresh produce, dairy and meat were delivered through this to the Mid-Atlantic and NYC as a "Last Mile Delivery" partner for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. Since June 2020, growingSOUL organized 435 truck deliveries from 6 vendors while sharing out 366,994 fresh food boxes and distributing 11,936,940 pounds of food.
Round 5 of the USDA program has begun and will end February 28 . While the length of the initiative is still not clear, growingSOUL's Collaborative Team is out in the community continuing to distribute food boxes to those most in need. Sadly numbers are increasing daily.
The USDA Program is continuing though in a much smaller way across the country. Fewer trucks and new variants means more people are in need than ever. We are raising funds to facilitate this process and render our Last Mile Delivery more efficient and get food to more people in diverse locations.
Food insecurity in the United States is dire.
In December 2020, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia had upwards of 2 million people struggling with hunger. In New York City alone, an estimated 1.5 million are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. These numbers are increasing by the day and severity of the pandemic and economic crisis.
We are turning to the community for assistance
$25 buys a box of culturally appropriate food for a family of 4
$250 rents a truck to deliver the boxes directly to families
$25,000 will cover delivering 20,000 pounds of healthy fresh produce to neighbors in need.
$100,000 will cover 4 trucks of 1000+ boxes each for a family of 4