Meals for McDowell
A team for FIVE LOAVES & TWO FISHES FOOD BANK INC
Meals for McDowell is a fundraiser for the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank that supports nearly 50% of McDowell, County WV.
Located in the sprawling mountains of southwest West Virginia, McDowell County suffers from some of the worst health and economic indicators in America including the highest teen birth rate, highest childhood obesity and lowest median income of the state. While the 20,000 residents of McDowell County are highly resilient, generous and community-minded, the area suffered a major blow with the recent announcement that Wal-Mart, a major source of jobs and fresh food for the county, will be closed permanently.
Additional help is needed to support this already struggling community as they weather this economic set-back, especially for those most vulnerable: children and the elderly. Therefore, we want to raise $25,000 to support the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank as they respond to additional food assistance requests during this time of need.
Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank (run by Bob and Linda McKinney) has tirelessly served McDowell County residents since 2009. Their monthly food distributions are critical to sustaining families in an area that have fallen on hard times. In 2015, Five Loaves & Two Fishes served 3,753 families consisting of 10,263 individuals – nearly 50% of those living in one of the most food insecure areas in America.
The food bank operates entirely with volunteer staff and the overhead expenses have been paid by corporate and private donations. However, due to recent loss of jobs, Five Loaves & Two Fishes is so inundated with requests that they have had to turn people away because there simply is not enough food to give. They need help as they work towards a longer term and more sustainable solution.
The current situation is dire. $25,000 will help the food bank keep its doors open one more year and continue to help the citizens of McDowell weather this financial hardship. While we recognize that this is only a short-term solution to a larger problem, these funds can help the food bank serve those vulnerable.
We ask that you consider making a donation. Because there are few overhead costs your dollars will go to direct relief. For example:
- For $25 you can send a child home with a backpack full of nutritious and microwaveable foods that can be eaten during snow days and weekends when school meals are unavailable
- For $150 your dollars can feed an entirely family of four for one month
If you are not able to contribute but believe that this hunger in America is unacceptable please consider sharing this campaign among your friends and family. Together we can help support the important work on the Five Loaves & Two Fishes food bank.
Please note that Five Loaves & Two Fishes is a faith-based 501(c)3 charity and therefore all donations are tax deductible.