After the record winter we experienced this year, spring is most welcome! But springtime also signals a distressing trend – when food donations start to drop. We at DelCor have accepted the challenge to help the food bank combat this phenomenon, along with our partners and clients throughout the association and nonprofit community.
Right now, we’re in the final week of our 8th Annual .org Food Drive. In response to the Hunger in America study, which uncovered a 25 percent increase in need since 2006, we’ve set our goal high.
With the aid of 33 other organizations, we aim to collect 25,000 pounds of nonperishable food for the food bank this month. That’s 9,000 more pounds than we collected last year!
I was really surprised to learn from the Hunger in America study that nearly 10 percent of the metro population accesses food bank services, and that of those, only 10 percent are seniors or homeless. Findings like that really drive home the fact that we aren’t helping strangers when we contribute to the food bank – we are helping our neighbors.
We’ve been involved with the association and nonprofit community here in DC and nationally for a very long time. I’m a native Washingtonian and Silver Spring has been our corporate home since 1984. When we decided to organize our first food drive in 2003, we viewed it as a natural extension of our commitment to community – both our professional community and our local community.
Since then, the effort has expanded and our impact has grown. Of all the participating organizations this year, 13 are new to the event. We are delighted to bring them into the fold. Through the .org Food Drive, we not only give back on behalf of DelCor, but we provide other organizations with a meaningful way to give back, too. It’s proof that even private or corporate efforts can help spread the word about the food bank mission and about hunger in our community.
See who’s participating in the DelCor .org Food Drive.
Loretta M. DeLuca, CEO
DelCor Technology Solutions