Friday, September 14, 2012

Spotlight: Food Bank Coalition

Food Bank Coalition Of San Luis Obispo County- Our partner charity for the Munchkin March! 

For the past 3 years, the Munchkin March Parade has benefited the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County; we look forward to working with them again this year. Why the Food Bank? They work really really hard providing members of our community with food. Did you know that 1 in 6 people in our county reached out for help last year? That is 44,000 of our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The Food Bank Coalition keeps a very low overhead- less than 5%- which allows them to turn every $1 donated into 7 nutritious meals.

Children are even more vulnerable to food insecurity*- 40% of those that are food insecure in our county are children. Mindful Mothers actively seeks opportunities to improve the lives of those in our community by engaging ourselves and our children in volunteerism. Our partnership with the Food Bank Coalition creates an opportunity to engage with our children, and teach them the importance of giving back within our community. We encourage you to talk to your children about how participating in the Munchkin March benefits their community. (*food insecurity is defined as not having access to enough food to meet ones nutritional needs on a regular basis)
For every $1 donated the Food Bank Coalition can provide $10 worth of food.

Most needed items are as follows:

Fruits & Vegetables: canned or dry fruits and vegetables in an array of colors will help ensure consumption of many vitamins and minerals.
  • canned vegetables 
  • vegetable juice 
  • canned tomatoes (juice & sauce) 
  • canned fruit 
  • dried fruit 
Grain Group: whole grains provide maximum nutrition value and long-lasting energy.
  • oatmeal
  • whole grain crackers 
  • low sugar/high fiber cereals
  • All pasta types
  • Whole grain rice
Protein Group: Lean meats and canned or dry beans provide the necessary fuel for muscles.
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Bean soups
  • Baked beans
  • Dried and canned beans and peas
  • Chili Beef stew
  • Peanut Butter Nuts