Just Food Reaches Out to the Douglas County Community
- on December 16, 2010
For at least 1 in 6 residents of Douglas County, hunger is a reality. Through our pantry alone, more than 444,988 pounds of food have been distributed to low-income consumers – serving 1,600 to 2,200 individuals each month. Almost half of those receiving food assistance are children and senior citizens. In addition to providing food to our hungry neighbors directly, Just Food also partners with Harvesters, the regional food bank, to help distribute food to other Douglas County food pantries allowing them to focus on their core mission of client service.
Working families, seniors and children in our community struggle from day to day balancing basic needs in the face of a weak economy. Families are increasingly turning to their local food pantries to help make ends meet. At the same time, donations have dropped dramatically, leaving a massive gap between what families need and the amount of food available.
While hunger knows no season, winter is here and the need for food is becoming even more significant. Please consider donating $35, $50 or $100 to Just Food by sending a check to Just Food, 1200 E 11th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046, or you can donate on-line at www.justfoodfund.org.
Every dollar makes a difference. A gift of $0.74 provides a meal to a neighbor in need. In the last 12 months, Just Food provided 177,660 meals to more than 2,500 families. To sustain this level of assistance, a minimum of $131,000 is needed from the Douglas County community. When you donate to Just Food, 100 percent of your contribution stays in Douglas County to feed hungry people.
Thank you for your generosity.
Carolyn Ward, Director of Planning