Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure. That means 1 in 7 people struggle to get enough to eat according to Feeding America.
Despite the wealth in Williamson County, we are not immune to the impact of hunger. 1 in 7 students qualify for free/reduced lunches in our county. The GraceWorks Fuel Bag program, which gives students food to take home on the weekends, has grown to 700 per week. Still, this is only a fraction of the 5,582 students eligible for the program.
Last year, GraceWorks distributed 26% more food overall than it did in 2013 totaling over $1 million. The numbers are even higher so far in 2015.
September is Hunger Action Month. It’s an opportunity for everyone to help fight hunger in Williamson County. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, there are many ways to make a difference.
How you can help:
The GraceWorks Food Pantry is currently out of:
• Canned ham
Our need is critical for:
• Spaghetti sauce (plastic jars or cans)
• Boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper).
For our Fuel Bag program, critical needs include:
• Cheese or peanut butter crackers
• Microwavable meat meals
• Fruit snacks
• Cereal or oatmeal
• Ramen noodle soup
(All individual sizes, please.)
If you wish to donate items for the pantry, please bring them by our donation centers.
The pantry always needs plastic grocery bags which we use to distribute food to our neighbors. It’s a great way to recycle.
Often times, GraceWorks purchases needed items in bulk so financial donations are always welcome. They can be made online through our secure giving site or by mailing a check us with “food pantry” written in the memo area.
GraceWorks relies on the help of volunteers to sort and organize food for distribution. Individuals, families or groups can volunteer for a few hours or a full day. To find out more about volunteering at GraceWorks, visit here.
Hold a Food Drive
GraceWorks will provide bins and have someone pick them up at the end of the drive. It’s a great way for a church, company or civic group to make an impact in their community. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, groups can fundraise for the GraceWorks Food Pantry by having a car wash, bake sale or yard sale.
Spread the Word & Pray
Discuss with your friends the issue of hunger in Williamson County and ways to help. Keep those who face food insecurities in your prayers along with those who make it their mission to fight hunger.
Take part in the #Spoontember hunger awareness campaign (goo.gl/HQK3Zz) by taking a spoon selfie and challenging your friends on Twitter to do the same or using it as your profile photo on Facebook.
Together, we can make a difference in the fight against hunger in Williamson County.