Music Feeds Us has partnered with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank among others!

“The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank exists for a few very simple reasons: Food sustains life. It restores options. It provides hope.

We are an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 120,000 people each month, a record in the Food Bank’s history. Last year, we distributed more than 17 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge. We expect to serve even more this year.

In all, we serve 25 counties and 9 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona.

We provide nutritious food to 145,600 different people each year through a far-reaching network of food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and nonprofit groups.”

Facts about hunger in Virginia

Over 1 in 10 in the Blue Ridge region don’t know where they will get their next meal, and thousands of people in our community make tough choices everyday between eating and paying for life’s basic needs.  Research the deeper facts about hunger and become better equipped to help.

And 4 in 10 of these are children.

There has been a 152% increase in people served through the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank from 2001-2010.

A recent child hunger study revealed that more than 18 percent of children living in the Blue Ridge region are struggling with hunger – about 60,000 children.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Facts

For the well-being of our clients, at least 80 percent of the food we distribute is nutritious. While the majority of our stock is nonperishable – canned, bottled and boxed goods – we are continuously increasing our distribution of perishable goods, in particular, fresh produce.

We distributed 3.8 million pounds of produce last year, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, squash, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and apples to name a few. Our produce comes from several major sources.

Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in Western and Central Virginia.

“With your support we will provide healthy, nutritious food to more than 119,000 children, families and individuals every month. Every dollar you give will provide 4 meals! And since we expect to provide more than 16 million meals this year, we need your help!”

Facts about Hunger in America

In 2011, 46.2 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.

In 2011, 16.1 million (22.0 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.

In 2011, 9.5 million (11.8 percent) families were in poverty.

In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.

In 2011, 5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.1 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.

Nearly 14 million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America, over 3 million of which are ages 5 and under.

Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children.  62 percent of client households with children under the age of 18 reported participating in the National School Lunch Program, but only 14 percent reported having a child participate in a summer feeding program that provides free food when school is out.