The pandemic has put the holidays at risk in Yolo Co. How many families will you assist at $50 each?
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Cast a Vote HERE for Thanksgiving for ALL...You "Stille" Can Make a Match
On this day of a great American tradition, elect to stuff a Thanksgiving meal box by "voting" with your donation to match the generosity of local business leader and Yolo Food Bank Board Member Kate Stille and her husband, Eric. We are grateful to the Stilles for illuminating Yolo Food Bank as the path to an equitable, sustainable food system here in Yolo County.
If the Stilles' $5,000 donation is matched, they'll contribute another $5,000, tripling their initial impact! 100 holiday meal kits will become 300, eliminating empty plates this Thanksgiving for another 1,000+ Yolo County residents.
Last year, nearly one in five Yolo County families could not afford to put a holiday dinner on the table.
Can you imagine how many are in danger of not having a holiday meal this year?
Clearly, this holiday season will be like no other. The gatherings will be smaller, yet every bit as important and poignant. Building and maintaining connections with beloved family and friends is critical to our community's resilience to weather this terrible pandemic and the impacts it's had upon residents' livelihoods, their children's educations, their physical and mental wellbeing, and their access to basic needs, such as food. Despite the abundance of the harvest season, Yolo County now is home to more vulnerable people and more human suffering than at any time in history.
Last holiday season, more than 2,000 Yolo County families relied upon a Holiday Meal Kit from Yolo Food Bank for a meal of gratitude. This year, we are preparing to serve at least 3,000 families, a minimum 50% increase in need for meal kits. May we count upon you to once again support us in "Sharing Yolo's Bounty"?
Each meal kit includes a turkey, local fresh vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, cranberries, and pumpkin, and is valued at $50. Many will be distributed from 10 locations countywide in the week prior to Thanksgiving, all requiring adaptation to meet COVID-19 safety protocols. In late December, more meal kits will be transported to the door steps of our home delivery grocery recipients...vulnerable senior citizens and homebound individuals. It's a heavy lift, literally and figuratively, and, despite the donations of several community partners, a $150,000 gap remains to fully fund all 3,000 meal kits. It's the goal of the "Sharing Yolo's Bounty" campaign to close that gap, and bring this sustenance home to local families most in need of the hope and the heart of the holiday season.
Whether a gift of $5,000 to feed 100 families, $500 to provide for 10 families, or a single contribution of $50 to ensure that one less family faces empty plates this holiday season, your generosity can be the light at a dark time for your neighbors in need.
Wishing you peace and wellness at this tender time in an unprecedented and challenging year.
Director of Philanthropic Engagement
This fundraiser supports
Yolo Food Bank
Organized By Austin Cooper