How California Food Banks Improve Lives

How California Food Banks Improve Lives

Think about how often you prematurely plan out your next meal. We’ve all been there; sitting at work, in class, or in traffic, and to lift your spirits, your mind wonders to what you will eat for dinner. You salivate and gain a little bit of excitement for your next meal, and that will be what gets you through work or class or traffic. We don’t think anything of it, because so many of us do it so often.

Now think about what you would do if you didn’t have that luxury. While many people think meal-to-meal, there are some that cannot be sure where their next meal will come from, or if they’ll get one at all. If they do get one, it is likely that it will lack the proper foods and nutrients that people need to live a healthy life. This is defined as “food insecurity”, and 1 in 8 Californians suffer from it every day. Thats where California Food Banks come in.

How Food Banks Work

California is proud to have over 40 different food bank locations scattered across the state. Representing all of these is the California Association of Food Banks, which is committed to helping those in need. California Food Banks collectively provide nutrition and sustenance to over five million Californians. These include children, seniors, the working poor, homeless, veterans, and the disabled. Thanks to programs like Farm to Family, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and many more, California Food Banks are equipped with millions of pounds of food and fresh produce to distribute and serve to people.

The Facts

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, California has the nation’s highest rate of poverty at 20.6%. This also factors in the cost of living in California compared to other states in the nation. A shocking 7.9 million Californians are living in poverty, and 4.9 of them are dealing with food insecurity. Children have it the worst; while 1 in 8 Californians don’t know where their next meal will come from, 1 in 5 children are experiencing that. Summer hunger is also a large problem. Many children rely on the free or reduced prices of meals they get from schools during the school year. When summer comes, and they no longer receive that, 17 of 20 low income students enter the summertime nutrition gap. This means until school starts again, they will likely not receive the nutrients they need that they typically get from the school’s lunches.

How to Help California Food Banks

California Food Banks are making an enormous difference in the fight against hunger, but need help of their own as well. They are always looking for volunteers and donations, but Imagine No Hunger is providing a simple, new way to support California Food Banks.

Using John Lennon’s famous self-portrait and the message behind his song “Imagine”, Imagine No Hunger has designed new California license plates. These are not your average license plates, though. The proceeds from the license plate sales will be distributed to the California Association of Food Banks, to go towards hunger-relief. However, The DMV will only approve the license plate to be sold on their official website if Imagine No Hunger reaches 7,500 pre-ordered plates. This is your chance to do your part! All it takes is $50 to support this cause, and join the fight against hunger in California. Visit to order your plate now.

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