In the U.S. most households have consistent, dependable access to sufficient food but for a growing number, food insecurity has become a fact of life. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. However, this need often goes unnoticed and remains invisible in the community. Many people perceive poverty and hunger as problems centered in urban areas, but the reality is that counties with disproportionately high rates of persistent poverty are often rural, like Clarke County. According to statistics, over 2 million rural households in the US had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources and an anemic economy that is driving food prices up and wages down.
Food pantries throughout the country stand in the gap to assist these families, but they are struggling to meet the increased demand. In Berryville, the central food bank operated by FISH of Clarke County at the Social Services office on Main Street serves families throughout Clarke County providing essential food when the need is greatest.
However, donations and stock can fluctuate and right now the need is great. To meet the ongoing need, FISH has organized a food drive to stock the food bank’s shelves. Starting Sunday, September 9th, and running through September 15th, FISH has set up a drop off point at corner of Crow & Church Streets adjacent to Dollar General store in Berryville. The drop off box will be available Sunday from 1:00-3:00 PM, then Monday Sept 10 through Friday Sept 14th from 4:00-6:00 PM. The drive will wrap up on Saturday Sept 15th from 12:00-4:00 PM. Assistance is also available for pick-up of donations by calling 955-1823 to schedule a time.
Suggested donations include:
- macaroni & cheese
- canned vegetables & soup
- paper products
- pasta sauces
- peanut butter and jelly
- pasta and rice
- packaged dinners
In a time when people feel marginalized by the magnitude of the immense problems that our country faces, FISH provides a way to help at a local level. Join with them by donating to this important cause.