Although studies show that the majority of hungry people live in lower-middle-income countries, I am certain you can find hungry people around you. The USDA 2019 cost of food plan states that a woman between the ages of 19-50 requires about $7 for low-cost meals which will not contain the basic nutrients required for good health. Sadly, some women in this age group cannot afford to spend $7 daily on food for their selves. This led to the establishment of “Plenty to Eat” a non-profit and charity organization, in January 2018 and is still very much active today. Plenty to eat aims at improving the quality of life for all by empowering individuals with foods to reduce hunger.
Plenty to Eat was founded by Washington DC native Cornie Williams. Having struggled with hunger throughout her life, she is determined to reduce the ongoing hunger and health problems faced by DC residents, including many of her friends and neighbors. She saw an opportunity to not only provide food to those in need but also to educate the community on how important diet is in maintain good health.
Plenty to Eat provides non-perishable food items such as tuna fish cans, cereal, beans, canned vegetables, and more. The pantry is located inside Academy of hope in Washington DC ward 5. Food distribution is done in the pantry on Mondays and Wednesdays on a first-come, first-serve basis to low-income families, single parents with 2-4 children, single persons, and homeless people.
The pantry served 980 individuals in 2018 and is currently feeding about 80-120 people monthly with high hopes of increasing the number. It has been funded in the past by donation made through a Go-Fund me page, Facebook and direct solicitation. With the donations being sought for, Plenty to Eat helps to balance the costs of purchasing foods, toiletries, cleaning products, workers’ compensation (when necessary) and other operational costs. Plenty of Eat is also aiming at delivering food to seniors and the disabled who are unable to come for pick up at the pantry. It is therefore important to gather more funds as more funds mean feeding more people.
We are a nation of plenty, everyone deserves a good life. No one should be a victim of food insecurity. Assist in feeding those who are unable to sustain their selves and their families in our very own community. Join us in making a difference; your donation is surely needed. Thank you!
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