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From the Desk of Letesha Nelson

September is Hunger Action Month

September 14, 2023 |
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A group of Goodman Center volunteers pose as a group on bleachers. Many are wearing orange. Text on image reads: Go Orange Day, Sept 15, Hunger Action Month

Dear friends & neighbors,

These letters don't usually start with statistics, but this one will because right now, the story of our food pantry is best told in numbers. For the last year or so, we've seen an unprecedented level of demand on our pantry services. When you look at a graph of individuals served, the line has a steady upward trend.

Food Pantry statistics 2022 to 2023

Here's a snapshot: In August 2022, we provided groceries to 2,875 people (1,047 households). In the same month this year, 4,746 people (from 1,660) households got food from our pantry. That's nearly double in just one year!

September is Hunger Action Month, and I'd love it if every single person reading this letter took action to shine a light on hunger in our community. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Wear orange tomorrow, Sept. 15, for Go Orange Day. Post a photo of yourself on social media (and tag Goodman) and share with your friends why you're wearing orange.
  • Learn more about food insecurity. Check out Feeding America's podcast "Elevating Voices, Ending Hunger."
  • Donate to your local food pantry. For many of you, that's the pantry right here at Goodman.
  • Volunteer to help out at your local pantry. See our opportunities here.
  • Host a food drive or fundraise for your local pantry. We have a handy food drive kit.

As we ease into fall, the season of holidays and family gatherings, we know our neighbors are going to need extra help. Every effort – big or small – counts. Thank you for caring for your community!

Warmly,

Letesha Nelson

CEO & Executive Director

P.S. If you'd like to help out our food pantry, check out the list of most-needed items, shop our Amazon wish list or host a food drive.

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