While we all struggle with balancing daily schedules right now, most families still find time to relax and recharge. However, for those experiencing food insecurity, this down time still contains a continued reminder of what isn’t there. Food.
Recently, The Washington Post editorial board said “though many groups are racing to feed their neighbors with creative and generous efforts, they cannot possibly meet the staggering need,” and urged Congress to fund additional anti-hunger efforts.
While families wait for this relief, people are still hungry, particularly in communities of color. With our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women guiding us, we have heard this call. We need your help to answer it.
Before the pandemic, our primary focus here at the YWCA National Capital Area was on job training, adult education, financial literacy, academic support, and leadership development for women, girls, and families. We had a small emergency food pantry to supplement the needs of our clients.
Over the past several weeks, the demand for this food has skyrocketed. More and more people are visiting our offices every day so that they can continue to feed their families.
We have been able to provide each of them with a bag of groceries that can make about ten nutritious meals and snacks for a family of four. Each bag of groceries costs about $25. Some of the food is donated but much of it we have to purchase ourselves.
But we need to do more and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $10,000 between now and June 30 to keep the pantry full.
If your circumstances allow, please make a tax-deductible contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more today.