Greater Berks Food Bank wrote -
The Greater Berks Food Bank is so much more than canned food. Since moving in to our new building in fall 2014, we have increased our distributions of fresh and healthy foods – like fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat – by 25%. More than 3 million pounds of these foods were distributed in the past year – nearly half of the food we supply. This “cold hard fact” was only made possible because of the capacity of our much larger new building. We tripled our freezer space; doubled our refrigerated space; and added a new produce-specific cooler. What does this mean for our community? It means a lot more of the most beneficial foods are ending up on the plates of our hungry neighbors. Foods that help prevent childhood obesity – like those distributed through our Produce 4 Kids program. Foods that help fight diabetes and high blood pressure – like those distributed through our Senior Food Tote program. We have a lot of plans for the future that will further support our efforts to best feed the hungry of our community. Plans like a mobile food pantry that will allow us to directly deliver healthy foods to communities in needs. Also an expansion of our Produce 4 Kids program that has been so effective in placing fresh fruits and veggies into the hands of young at-risk children. However, our plans for the future are limited until we complete our Bringing More to the Table Capital Campaign - the campaign that is helping to cover the costs of the purchase and renovation of our new facility. So far we have successfully raised $2.4 million towards our goal of $3 million. Until the campaign is complete, we are carrying a monthly mortgage payment which reduces the funding we can put towards programs and services. Can you help us? All donations – big and small – will get us one more crucial step closer to finishing our Capital Campaign. We at the Greater Berks Food Bank appreciate your generosity and we ask you to share this message with others! To learn more about us and the campaign, please visit berksfoodbank.org.