In many refrigerators all across Central Virginia, there is one thing missing which children desperately need — milk. It is the most requested item in food banks across the United States because of its powerful nutritional benefits, but it is rarely donated. Roughly 95% of groups which work with impoverished families say that they do not get enough milk to meet the need! That’s why we are working with our local partners to distribute 12,000 gallons of milk and juice to hurting families in Central Virginia.
For low income families, milk is not an option. The cost of milk is 62% higher in Central Virginia than the national average, while the average income in this region is 23% below the national average. Because of our unique relationships, we are able to provide struggling families in Central Virginia with milk for just 83 cents a gallon! Yes, 77% less than the average grocery store!
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This is especially critical with young children. When children do not have enough food it affects more than just their stomachs. When children are hungry, they cannot focus on school, present more behavioral issues and establish poor eating habits which last for the rest of their lives.
We keep local food banks stocked with healthy choices.
Currently, we are placing 72,000 SERVINGS of whole milk and juice to hurting families in local area. THAT IS MORE THAN 12,000 GALLONS! Will your family help another family in Central Virginia? Partner with us today!
Our food pantry has been very grateful to Gleaning for the World for their generous donations of food, clothing, cleaning supplies, medicinal items and other miscellaneous goods.
We were able to distribute very popular food items such as potatoes to over 750 families, consisting of over 1100 individuals in the summer of 2016 on several different occasions when potatoes are difficult to come by. We also acted as a HUB with other large donations received from Gleaning for the World of protein bars, clothing, Rolaids and more potatoes.
Gleaning for the World has had a powerful effect on our food pantry’s budget. We are an all-volunteer organization with a very limited budget of only $80,000. With assistance from a generous organization such as Gleaning for the World we’re able to compound that $80,000 into a retail value of $1.6 million dollars’ worth of food.
All of us are extremely grateful to Gleaning For The World for their generosity and kindness. They have made a real impact of the impoverished people and areas we serve.
This is especially common in city centers but also in rural areas as well. Because of this, many children are not receiving the basics (food and milk) as a cornerstone of their diet. Nowhere is this more evident than in Lynchburg, VA. In Virginia, Lynchburg has one of the highest rates of people with low access to healthy food. More than 1-in-4 people live in food deserts, and 18% have no idea where their next meal is coming from.