Update on Recent Fundraising Efforts:
During the month of November, Bloomingfoods held their annual fundraising campaign for MHC. Bloomingfoods’ customers generously gave $5,285 – the most ever raised during Share the Harvest! The funds will help provide healthy groceries to thousands of families in need. Thank you so much to all the Bloomingfoods’ customers and staff who made this year a huge success!
Every week, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard helps 2,000 people provide healthy, fresh food for their families. This year, they have already filled more than 98,000 bags of groceries – up 13% from last year. More than 30% of our food has gone to feed children. According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 children in Monroe County are at risk of not having enough to eat. Our efforts help change this staggering statistic.
During the month of November, Bloomingfoods will host its 8th annual “Share the Harvest” campaign for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC). Mother Hubbard’s is Monroe County’s largest food pantry, providing healthy groceries to more than 2000 clients each week. The need is even greater this year. Customers have the opportunity to donate a dollar, give spare change, or write a check at the register when shopping at all locations. 100% of the funds raised will support MHC’s food pantry, where $1 helps to buy 10 pounds of food.
“Over the past five months, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard has provided on average 15% more bags of groceries each month than last year. This increase means we are filling over 1,000 more bags each month with healthy, fresh groceries. We project that we will have distributed 110,000 bags of groceries by the end of the year. By donating to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in November, Bloomingfoods customers can help us meet the growing need for emergency food assistance in our community,” explains MHC Development Director Mary Beth Wendelin.
“At MHC, we believe that a healthy diet is the foundation of personal well-being, and we want all people to have access to quality food,” Director Amanda Nickey explains. “MHC’s work goes beyond just a food pantry. Our educational programs focus on nutrition and gardening, and we work to empower patrons and build community by passing on important information and lasting life skills.” Bloomingfoods publicizes the many excellent classes organized by Kayte Young and offered through MHC: from basic cooking and baking skills to food preservation, these classes help clients take more control over their lives—while making friends and having a good time.
You may have met Mary Beth, Amanda, or other MHC volunteers during our Fall Truckload Sale. “Many thanks to those of you who came out and bought a little extra for MHC or donated at the table,” says Mary Beth. “We collected $452 in donations, and our clients were thrilled to select healthy items from the 612 pounds of food donated by shoppers and staff at the stores.”
There is another way you can lend your energy. During Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13–18, the “Are They Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”event takes place on Friday, November 18, from 6:30-8:30, at Bloomington High School South. Tickets are $5, $10 for a family of 4, and kids 5 and under are free. This fun challenge is a benefit for Martha’s House, Stepping Stones, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. We are looking for someone brave and smart among our member-owners or staff who would like to represent Bloomingfoods: email Ellen Michel if you are that person!
For more information about programs at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and info about how to get involved, visit www.mhcfoodpantry.org.
Photo: Mary Beth Wendelin and Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard