Fighting Against Hunger in Clovis!
NOSH is a B.O.O.T. sponsored cooperative of food pantries that collects food donations for those in need. Many vendors from the Friday Night Farmers Market donate their leftover fresh produce to the NOSH Program that they don’t want to go to waste- especially considering that there are many people that need it! NOSH gives their collected food donations to local organizations such as St. Martha’s Pantry, based out of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope (OLPH). For more information on OLPH, visit their website here.
Remember that there are so many people in our area that are in need of food, shelter and basic necessities, so if you are able to help- do it! There are many organizations in place to help the less fortunate, don’t be afraid to donate and get involved! One great and easy way to help those who are less fortunate is to “buy one, give one” when you’re buying produce at the Friday Night Farmers Market!
Donating whatever you can to organizations like NOSH and St. Martha’s Pantry can really change lives. Last month alone, St. Martha’s Pantry served over 335 families, totaling out to 991 people. Each family of 1-3 people received a bag that included: 1 box cereal, 1 lb. dry beans, 1 lb. rice, 1 lb. pasta, 1 pkg. mac/cheese, 1 can pasta sauce, 1 can soup, 2 cans veggies, 1 jar peanut butter, 1 pkg. tortillas, 3 bread/bakery products, 1 can tuna or 1 pkg. of franks, 1.5 lb. potatoes, 1lb. carrots, 2 med. onions, 6 eggs, 9 cups of Dole pears, 9 nectarines and as extras 1 jar Miracle Whip, 1 pkg. cookies, 1 can tomatoes and 1 misc. item. Double this for families of 4 to 6 people and triple for families of 7 or more people. Just last month in May, 492 of these bags were given to families in need. Each bag is worth $18.24, with 52% of the products purchased and 48% donated.
When you’re hungry, you can’t think as clearly, you can’t function as efficiently, and life just loses it’s zeal. So, for those of us that are able to help, we should all donate what we can because nobody should have to suffer from hunger.
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