The Community Food Bank serves an average of 90,000 people each week, and distributes over 24-million pounds of food every year. One of the biggest reasons volunteers are able to make this happen is because of partnerships with generous companies, like Granville Homes.
It's a big warehouse. At times, chock full of donations. Enough to make you think there's plenty to go around. But the truth is, all of this will be gone soon. The Community Food Bank goes through a warehouse full of food thirteen times a year.
"The challenge with the central valley is that right now, Fresno has the second highest food hardship rate in the country. One out of every four of our people are at risk of going hungry any given night."
Shipments come and go on a daily basis, feeding 50,000 families a month. It's not just a sporadic problem.
"We're seeing more and more of those, what we call, situational families, that never imagined they'd be there. We might serve them a couple times over the course of the year, but for those couple times, it's all the difference between going hungry or not for these families."
Almost 20% of our nation's population struggles to make ends meet. So much so, that putting food on the table is a problem.
Often-times, these are hard-working adults, kids and seniors. And they're forced to go without food, sometimes for days. It's motivation enough for volunteers helping out with weekly distributions.
"We just find it's a tremendous opportunity to talk with people, help people and just stand with them in a time when they're going through a tough time."
Like other non-profits, the Community Food Bank says Granville Homes is one of its biggest donors. In addition to the 550-thousand dollars raised through the Granville Home of Hope, there are quite a few food distributions that Granville quietly funds.
"We would not have been able to serve thousands upon thousands of families, but for the generosity of Granville Homes."
But a lot of credit goes to you and your donations. Because of that, thousands can say they're not missing a meal. Some will drop off a grocery bag, others will give cash. For every dollar donated, $8 worth of food is provided.