Since February 2019, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. has given away over $700 worth of Whole Foods Gift Cards to Philadelphians in Need.
From February to June, gift cards were given to members of the U School community who were struggling with food insecurity. During the summer months, gift cards are given to members of the North Philly Schools Community who are in need.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In addition, one in 5 Philadelphians struggle with food insecurity. Although DonCARES provides gift cards to worthy recipients through their Say No To Hunger Campaign, there are plenty of other resources available to those in need.
In June, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest attended a Lunch and Learn Session hosted by The Coalition Against Hunger in order to learn more about hunger in the Greater Philadelphia Area and resources to help combat food insecurity. Forrest believes education is important when serving at-risk populations, and is excited to share the resources he discovered with his fellow board members, volunteers, mentees and community partners.