SAN FRANCISCO -- Food banks across the San Francisco Bay Area are struggling to meet the growing need even as federal commodity programs are providing less product to distribute, grocery store donations are waning and cash gifts don't go nearly as far as inflation hovers near a 40-year high.
For groups like the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the challenges are plentiful.
"Right now we're seeing a confluence of forces that are coming together and we're experiencing demand as high as we have seen at any point in the pandemic," Michael Altfest, the food bank's Director of Community Engagement and Marketing told KPIX.
To help meet the need, KPIX has teamed up with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and four others in an unprecedented effort to make sure everyone living in the Bay Area has a meal for their families.
For the past 21 years, KPIX has sponsored Food for Bay Area Families, a campaign to help raise much-needed funds for the Bay Area's food banks. Every dollar raised provides 2 meals.
Please join us in the fight against hunger. Here are a few ways you can help.
Make a cash donation of any amount to your area food bank:
- Alameda County Community Food Bank
- Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
- Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
- Second Harvest Food Bank (San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties)
- San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
If you aren't able to make a financial contribution, please consider volunteering. Volunteers provide essential help getting food out into the community. A couple of hours of your time can really make a difference. To learn more about how you can help, click on the link to your area food bank below.
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