Our service area, which includes 8 counties in Kentucky and 5 counties in Southern Indiana, is projected to experience a food insecurity rate of 13.7% among individuals in 2021, which includes 48,230 food insecure children. These numbers have increased over 20% since 2019 due to the damaging effects of COVID-19. With continued uncertainty around the pandemic, and the ongoing disruptions to life, the need for food assistance organizations like Dare to Care is critical to our community.
Dare to Care is committed to meeting the needs of our community by sourcing nutritious food items and distributing them through partner agencies, such as, food pantries, shelters, and kitchens. By partnering with organizations whose visions extend beyond hunger, Dare to Care helps to address the many other obstacles low-income families may face. Whether partner agencies provide emergency shelter, job-skills training, addiction recovery, or other services, these agencies can allocate more funds to these efforts because of the free food provided by our partnership.
Dare to Care helps neighbors like Vivian and her husband who often skip meals to feed their two young children. “This food really pulls us through,” Vivian says. “If we didn’t have this, we just wouldn’t make it.” Thousands of families like Vivian’s face food insecurityevery day across Kentuckiana, as they struggle with the long-term economic impact of the pandemic. Your generosity has supported our increased services and outreach to meet this increased need.
Dare to Care is using these generous gifts from GlobalGiving donors to support the increased need of food across Kentuckiana and help implement new service models aimed to keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe as we responded to the COVID-19 crisis. This funding was contributes to food purchases, including fresh produce, supplies to food distribution, program management, warehousing of food, and delivery of food.
We are pleased to share the following accomplishments thanks to GlobalGiving and other generous donors:
23,475,000 pounds of food distributed through 300 partners, thanks to the help of 877 Dare to Care volunteers contributing 5,431 hours.
4,256,069 pounds of food delivered to targeted neighborhoods through 64 monthly Mobile Pantry and Get Fresh stops.
165,873 meals provided to children by our Community Kitchen and 344,011 pounds of food distributed through 64 School Pantries.
22.5% more food distributed in 2020 than during this time period last year, thanks to the support of our generous community.
Dare to Care used this generous gift from Ford Motor to support the increased need of food across Kentuckiana and help implement new service models aimed to keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe as we responded to the COVID-19 crisis.
Our service area (Kentuckiana), at the height of the increase, saw a 29% rise in food assistance need. This funding helped Dare to Care increase our outreach and service to meet that need.
Dare to Care continued our operations and serving individuals, families, and seniors who relied on our food, while adjusting our models of service as needed. We prioritized the health and safety of our community, volunteers, and staff, and we took extra precautions to respond to increased food needs throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Response (since March 16th):
Distributed over 8.5 million pounds of nonperishable items and fresh produce at 185 of our partner distribution centers, pantries, and kitchens that have remained in operation and have been employing a drive-through food box models or social distancing to help ensure the safety of clients.
Provided over 51,000 “Grab & Go” meals to our 16 Kids Café sites which were able to remain open. Kids Cafes typically prepare hot meals children 18 and under on weeknights at 32 after-school programs.
During the months March – June, Dare to Care packed and delivered more than 40,000 emergency food boxes, targeting home-bound seniors. This was made possible by the help of over 1,000 volunteers, including the Kentucky National Guard.
Delivered over 1 million pounds of food with our Mobile Pantry to targeted neighborhoods in need. Our Mobile Pantry continued to serve our community by switching to a food box model to allow for safe distribution.
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Dare to Care Food Bank, thank you for your support of our efforts to provide food and hope to people in need, especially during this time of crisis.
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