“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
The pandemic and resulting current economic climate have greatly impacted local families. While the rather startling numbers tell one story, there is more to it than just statistics. Even prior to COVID-19, the Interfaith Food Bank served thousands of residents each year, the vast majority of whom were senior citizens and working heads-of-households who, even with full-time employment, could not put enough food on their tables for their families.
In 2020, the Interfaith Food Bank served just over 14.5% of Amador County’s 35,561 residents (number does not include Mule Creek). This amounts to:
- 2,134 unique households (families) for a total of 28,757 disbursements
- 5,229 unique individuals for a total of 66,458 disbursements
If these numbers seem staggering, it’s because they are. The latest census data indicates that 9.8% of Amador County lives below the government poverty level, and as of Feb. 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites an unemployment rate of 7.9% for Amador County.
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How do your contributions matter?
Did you know…
- 1 carton of oatmeal fills 30 bowls?
- 1 five-lb. bag of carrots serves 15?
- 1 family-size container of beef stew will feed 5 people?
- 1 five-lb. box of pancake mix makes 54 4″ pancakes!
LITTLE things make a BIG difference
When you “stock up” at the grocery store, you can greatly impact many people in need just by adding in an extra can or donating a box or bag of groceries! Don’t need the BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE? Give it to the Interfaith Food Bank! If you are planning to drop off a donation of food, call your neighbors to see if they might have anything to contribute and offer to drop off their donations also! Giving is contagious!