To recognize National Food Bank Day on September 2nd, The Westbury Senior Living will be participating in a canned food drive with a goal of bringing awareness to those that go hungry. As the Culinary Director, I am honored to be a part of this important day, held annually on the first Friday in September.
John van Hengel is credited with starting the first food bank in 1967 to redistribute food and prevent the wastage of groceries by handing it out to the poor and hungry. National Food Bank Day is not only a reminder that no one should go to bed hungry, but also a day to honor those workers, volunteers, and food bank charities who work to distribute food year-around.
We are donating to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. I chose this location because it is local and the food will go right back into the community around us. We will be donating potatoes, Jell-O, pudding mix, great northern beans, and applesauce.
I feel it is important to donate to our local food bank. Everyone has ups and downs. It is vital that we help each other because you never know when you'll be on the receiving end of help. Good nutrition is important; if you feel your best, you live your best. It's important to try to fuel yourself for success.
In the US alone, about 42 million people struggle with food insecurity. Our team is hopeful we can make a positive impact on those numbers by supporting for our local food banks in honor of National Food Bank Day. We will be delivering our non-perishable items on September 2nd and look forward to sharing with you all what a difference we all can make when we give a little.