Meals For Minds
Target Corporation Awarded 2012 "Hope Not Hunger Award"
As demand for food assistance has grown in Alameda County, the Food Bank has been tasked with finding better ways to get healthy food in the hands of people who need it. A growing client base means we need to create new and innovative programs to reach more of our neighbors in need.
Our Mobile Pantry Program brings fresh, healthy food right to families in neighborhoods that haven’t needed a soup kitchen or food pantry before, or may otherwise lack sufficient access.
It’s a new idea, and a new program, and it needed dedicated funding to get off the ground. Target stepped up to provide a grant for a pantry at Laurel Elementary.
Providing groceries at school is convenient, comfortable and efficient for parents – but it takes a lot of volunteer help.
Target backed up their investment by providing a corps of dedicated, multilingual volunteers to help distribute fresh produce and staple foods.
On top of all that, Target was one of the inaugural sponsors of the Community Engagement Center, our dedicated acre of space for our volunteer corps. With their support, we’re hosting more volunteers than ever before.
It’s precisely this sort of engagement – broad, deep, and lasting – that made deciding this year’s Hope Not Hunger award winner a snap. Target will accept their award at this year’s Savor the Season event on Sept. 16.