Give Thanks, Give Food
Thanksgiving Food Drive
In spring 2011, Mayor Jones appointed an Anti-Poverty Commission in
the City of Richmond with the goal of developing a comprehensive plan
to tackle the city's poverty crisis. As documented in the the
final report, one-quarter of the City of Richmond's population, including
close to two-fifths of the city's children, currently live in poverty. The
ramifications of these alarming statistics negatively impact vulnerable
city residents' in one of the most basic, yet crucial, needs of life: food.
Food insecurity is defined as a situation of "limited or uncertain
availability of nutritionally adequate foods in socially acceptable ways",
according to the United States Department of Agriculture.1
In light of Mayor Jones' quest to help ameliorate poverty in the city,
coupled with the reality that 21.9% of the the city's youth live with food
insecurity2, N2N launched the City's annual "Give Thanks, Give Food"
Thanksgiving food drive in the fall of 2011. This special food drive targets
City employees as donors, with the benefactor being FeedMore - who
distributes the food to vulnerable city residents. Non-city employees are
strongly encouraged to donate too. The need is great; we need many
more generous donors to help make the Thanksgiving holiday fulfilling
for more vulnerable families.
N2N Participation & Service
For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor,
1   Bickel, G., Nord, M., Price, C., Hamilton, W., & Cook, J. (2000).
"Guide to Measuring Household Food Security".
USDA Food and Nutrition.
2   Gundersen, C., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., Satoh, A., & Chawla, N. (2012).
"Map the Meal Gap 2013: Child Food Insecurity Service Area Overview".