The most important part of spirit week: the food drive!
Severn has held a food drive for SPAN, Severna Park Assistance Network, for over 15 years. In 2016, we collected over 10,200 items, and I hope that after a year of COVID-19, we are able to support our community in need even more.
Last year during the pandemic, Severn was still able to host a food drive and donate to our community, which has become more important than ever. Maryland Food Bank, using data from Feeding America, states that about 640,180 people struggled with food insecurity before COVID-19. Now, they predict roughly 2 million Marylanders may face food insecurity. Thats about a third of our population.
Due to COVID, 42 million people are facing hunger this year. More people than ever are visiting food banks this year after losing jobs, housing, etc. Food banks across the United States are serving 55% more people now than before the pandemic started, and it’s estimated that 4 out of 10 people at food banks in the beginning of the pandemic were there for the first time.
As hunger is on the rise, it is very important that those able to donate to help our community members in need. Hunger needs a long term solution, but families also need to put food on the table tonight.
I hope that as a community Severn can help people more than ever through our spirit week food bank. So please, don’t forget to bring in your food and toiletries, and remember even a little adds up and goes a long way.