The Community Food Bank (CFB) issued a matching donation challenge in June and is extending this fundraising effort through July 31st. The Black Diamond Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations.
The CFB has seen a rapid and sharp increase in the need for food assistance and expects this trend to continue. According to Barbara Sprague, CEO/Executive Director of the CFB, the agency has been able to respond to the demand thus far, which has more than doubled since the onset of the pandemic.
“We served approximately 30,000 individuals per month in 2019. That number has increased to more than 70,000,” explains Sprague. “We are preparing for that number to rise again.”
Sprague says she is becoming concerned because the agency is also seeing a rise in the cost of the food they purchase.
“Although we purchase food at a discount rate, prices are still going up,” says Sprague. “The dollar just doesn’t go as far as it did even a few months ago, which is why we are ramping up our fundraising efforts.”
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals throughout our area? Partnering with the CFB is one way to make a big impact. Make a donation to the CFB before July 31st and it will be matched dollar for dollar, thus doubling the difference you make.
Visit our Donate page to learn more about becoming one of the CFB’s “Hunger Heroes.”