By Amanda Rylott
From November to April, thanks to the holiday spirit and the generosity of donors, Compass receives an influx of donations. This is a common occurrence with many local food banks, as the community finds ways to give back during the cold weather. These donations are greatly appreciated, as they help with ensuring many clients have enough food over the holidays and winter months, which can be a difficult time.
Now that winter is over and the weather is getting nicer, many people are beginning to relax and prepare for the summer. Consequently, during this time period, food donations tend to slow down and local food banks often experience a shortage of supplies. The hunger doesn’t stop when the cold weather stops, and summer shortages can make this a difficult time for food bank clients. That’s why it’s important to continue to raise awareness about community food security and the importance of donations after the holidays.
There are many ways to help out your local food bank during the summer. Learn how to host your very own food drive and register it with The Compass here. If you’re unable to host a food drive, financial donations are always welcome. The Compass uses monetary donations to buy fresh produce, meat, eggs, and milk for the Market, which provides easier access to healthy foods to our clients. On our website you can check out most needed items and critical commodity program and food drop-off times.
Thank you for your support!
Amanda Rylott has an MA in Development Studies – Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.