I apologize for the delay in sharing this week’s organization: Feeding America, feedingamerica.org. Many of you may be familiar with this organization under its old name, America’s Second Harvest. Feeding America supports over 200 foodbanks throughout the US, and every dollar donated to them buys over 9 pounds of groceries.
Their website is easy to navigate. I really liked their statement of values, which includes: respect, stewardship and accountability, collaboration, service, integrity, diversity. It also lists urgency as a value, which I found surprising and for which, honestly, I needed an explanation. Luckily, they obliged, stating “We operate with an accute sense of urgency that reflects the needs of people struggling with hunger. We challenge our employees, volunteers and partners to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision.”
One feature I hope you’ll check out is that they tell stories of real people whose lives are being touched by the food banks and programs supported by Feeding America. The stories are listed by state, and clicking on Iowa will take you to a story which is all too real for many families along the Cedar River.
I hope you’ll take a minute to check out the work being done by each of the organizations on our list. While this project is not one that feels particularly urgent (more like “slow and steady wins the race”), the work our donations will support truly is!