Today is launch day for the Giant Food Community Bag Program! Starting today and for the entire month of July, when you purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Giant Food located at 8805 Centre Park Drive, Columbia MD, $1 is donated to S.A.F.E. Food Pantry, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.
Our goal is to sell 200 bags, equivalent to $200 raised. We are confident that with the help of our dedicated supporters, we can reach this goal. Money raised will help further our mission to educate, inspire, and engage the community about the necessity for gluten free and allergy-friendly food and provide that safe food to those in need.
We strongly encourage you to share this news with family and friends as well! The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. For more information about the program, please visit giantfood.bags4mycause.com.
Thank you for your support,
P.S. We hope that you will support the Giant Store that selected us for the program. You can also purchase the $2.50 Community Bag at any Giant Food and follow the instructions on the attached Giving Tag to direct the $1 donation to S.A.F.E. Food Pantry.
Foods that are gluten free and allergy friendly are 2-4 times more expensive than the typical grocery items and almost impossible to find in local food pantries. No one knows this better than Claire* who has celiac disease and other food intolerances. She receives a modest $15 per month in FSP (Food Supplement Program) benefits to aid her in purchasing gluten free and allergy friendly food. Step into Claire’s shoes and experience what it is like to choose between hunger and eating something that will make her ill.
Claire is now able to find gluten-free food at the Howard County Food Bank during her monthly visits thanks to generous donors like you. “It used to be next to impossible to find safe food at the Food Bank. I would leave there with a small bag of items and go home to bare cupboards, while other people left with grocery carts full of food. Then, I would have to wait another month to return to see if there was anything I could eat. I am grateful for S.A.F.E. Food Pantry since I can now find food that works for me. S.A.F.E. is a real blessing for me.”
Financial contributions help people like Claire obtain the gluten free and allergy friendly food that they need to thrive. Help us assist more clients with gluten free and allergy friendly food with a donation today.
* Client name changed to protect privacy
We are excited to report that S.A.F.E. kept busy during 2016! We took substantive action to achieve our mission by:
by Michael Bianca
Please also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @safefoodpantry to keep up to date with news from the S.A.F.E Food Pantry and results from our 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign.
Michael Bianca is the #GivingTuesday Chairperson and serves as a Board Director for the S.A.F.E. Food Pantry.
Thank you to all of our donors, ambassadors and supporters for an awesome #GIvingTuesday. We were able to raise $935 in one day on December 1, 2015! Money raised will go to opening our first food pantry in Howard County and helping those in need obtain gluten free and allergy friendly food.
A huge thank you to the following individuals and groups for joining #TeamSAFE, in no particular order:
I do consider myself blessed with the ability to afford the safe food that I need; however, there are so many people out there who cannot afford it. Gluten free and allergy friendly foods can cost at least 2-4 times of the amount of the usual items you find in a food pantry, if you can find them at all. It basically comes down to a financial choice between eating and actually consuming unsafe food.
Together, we can make a difference to provide gluten free and allergy friendly food to those in need. Please join #TeamSAFE for our #GivingTuesday and #MDGivesMore campaign on Tuesday, December 1 as we push toward a goal of $10,000 in order to help those in our community obtain safe food. Although this amount sounds like a lot of money, it will serve as a stepping-stone to be able to eventually open our own gluten free and allergy friendly food pantry. In the meantime, we will continue to seek families in need and work with existing organizations to provide the services they are unable to provide.
The S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization based in Howard County, Maryland.