The County told us to expect our service numbers to double this Friday and again next week.
WSA NEEDS FUNDS TO BUY FOOD NOW.
We need to stress the fact that while we do receive specific produce items free from REFB, all items on our staples list are bought by WSA at wholesale or cost + 10%, and WSA spends on average $16.50 per family, every Friday. Due to the supply chains reacting to Covid-19, cost went up to $24.70 per family X 400 families - this Friday will cost WSA $9,880.00. That total is without eggs or meat! We need funds.
DONATIONS OF FOOD ARE DOWN 75%
70% of the 8000 lbs of food we give out every week is gleaned from donor companies - those donations have disappeared or become drastically reduced.
REFB is providing WSA with 25% of what they normally portion out to us weekly from Feeding America and other sources. A huge reduction in free food when our numbers of clients continues to rise dramatically is forcing us to buy even more food to cover the difference.
WSA is receiving 10% or less of what we normally get free from Walmart. We normally get 800 to 2000lbs of produce, frozen meat and canned goods weekly from Walmart. WSA received 75 lbs yesterday, 400 lbs last Friday.
Safeway is at 25%, Raleys at 15% and Costeaux is at 40% on bread/pastry. All are at 0% on any protein, dairy, or dry groceries... the things we really need.
CostCo, Grocery Outlet, Lolas, Starbucks, McDonalds, Lepes, Whole Foods and Target are at 0%.
We need a massive infusion of food funds if we are going to serve our community in the coming 6 months.
Any help we can get will be greatly appreciated by our community. Thank you for considering donating funds to buy food for WSA Pantry to give to those in need.
- Christina Day
- Reginald Perez
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