Because people must often make difficult choices between feeding themselves and their families, and paying for other necessities, no-cost food assistance can lift a big weight from their shoulders.
Thanks to Second Harvest food bank, clients can utilize income to pay for other expenses, such as medicines, school expenses for children, rent and utilities. This helps them to save money, increase assets and strengthen resiliency.
Food intervention is a proven plan to mitigate the negative health effects of malnutrition and hunger. Second Harvest uses several strategies to meet the need for emergency food where it’s needed most, including distribution through partner agencies (emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and domestic violence shelters); School Backpack & Pantry; Afterschool Meals; Summer Feeding; Food on the Move Bus; Senior Grocery; Mobile Pantry Program and direct food distribution.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, Second Harvest distributed enough food for 11.5 million free meals, creating a cost-savings of $36.3 million for low-income clients. (10.6 million meals at the retail average of $3.16 each).