Doug Pick 
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Re: “The 2016 Power List: Food and Drink

Cynthia,

Thank you for the thoughtful feedback. The questions you raise are ones that we often hear.

We at FeedMore are dedicated to providing the nearly 200,000 Central Virginians who face hunger with healthy food in emergency times. The food banking industry was founded on this and we are here for emergency purposes.

The folks who come to us are largely the working poor, who have an income, but just not enough. These folks are living paycheck to paycheck and are forced to make tough decisions. According to the 2014 Hunger Study by Feeding America, between 65 and 75 percent of those who we help must regularly choose between purchasing food or medications, utility bills and shelter. The majority of our recipients utilize our services episodically, seven months during the course of the year and only for 21 of the 90 meals most of us consume each month.

Because we share your concern about fostering a culture of dependency, we continue to analyze our services and programs, as well as those who rely on us as an emergency source of nutrition to ensure we are implementing and advancing our mission in the most efficient and effective way possible.

In regards to our growth, we have done so to meet the needs of our expansive service area that stretches across 29 counties and five cities in Central Virginia. We have never been able to fully meet the need of our service area, especially in the outlying areas, and our evolution has been intended to help all our neighbors across all of the zip codes we serve. In terms of the food we are distributing, we aren’t distributing more to the individuals who need our help, just changing the mix of food to focus on more fresh items like produce, lean protein and dairy. There is a strong connection between hunger and health – folks who aren’t receiving the necessary nutrition have more health-related issues. In order to effectively break the cycle of hunger, we must work to get nutritious food for wholesome meals to our neighbors, especially those living in underserved communities with limited access to grocery stores.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions – we are always up for these types of discussions. And if you haven’t already, please stop by and take a tour, so you can see and experience what goes on here at FeedMore, beyond the numbers.

Take care,

Doug Pick

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Posted by Doug Pick on 09/08/2016 at 2:49 PM

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