Stater Bros. Charities exists to nourish our communities. We’re committed to being there for our neighbors. And that’s why every holiday season we help alleviate hunger by raising critical funds through the Harvesting Hope campaign. Thanks to the generous support of our customers and teammates, we’ve raised more than $278,000 in our 2021 Harvesting Hope campaign. These critical funds are helping to provide up to 1,900,000 nutritious meals to children, seniors, and families facing food insecurity in Southern California. Turns out giving a little, really gave a lot. A warm thank you to all who supported.
Where do the Harvesting Hope funds go?
Funds raised during the Harvesting Hope campaign are from the community, for the community. And to us, nothing is more important than making sure the funds we’ve raised here, stay here. So we’re partnering with local and regional food banks and other hunger relief organizations throughout Southern California to help our neighbors in need.
What is Food Insecurity?
According to Feeding America and the USDA, food insecurity is the lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. Although food insecurity and hunger are closely related, it’s important to know they’re distinct concepts. Hunger is described as a personal, physical sensation of discomfort. Food insecurity refers to the lack of available financial resources needed for food at the household level.
According to data from Feeding America, more than 4 million people in California are facing hunger, and of them, 1.2 million are children. Additionally, in Southern California alone, there are nearly 2.3 million food-insecure families. No one should have to decide between buying groceries or paying rent. Also, no senior should have to choose between food and medicine, and no parent should have to skip a meal in order for their children to eat.
Community support makes a difference.
Harvesting Hope funds support hunger relief efforts at local food banks, food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, and school-based programs. Our community partners are hard at work providing fresh and nutritious food to vulnerable children, families, seniors, and veterans.
Many of our neighbors continue to struggle with financial hardship. They find themselves having to make difficult choices. Pay bills or eat? Thanks to all who supported the Harvesting Hope campaign, individuals and families can now focus on work, school, and financial stability. Providing them hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. Markets teammates live and work.