Like many of you, we have been sheltering in place for over a month now. This is normally the time of year when we all get together at our local food banks for the Metallica & All Within My Hands Day of Service… we listen to loud music, box oranges, shuck corn, and we have a great time giving back together. We will do it again – hopefully soon – but in the meantime, our food banks are in dire need of support.
Our friends and partners at Feeding America shared some stark numbers with us. In order to meet the increasing demand, the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks will need an estimated $1.4 billion over the next six months to provide food to people facing hunger and to sustain and quickly evolve operations amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
We’ve reached out to our partner food banks across the United States that Metallica has worked with over the years and asked them what they need most. We’re proud to share their words and thoughts with you; see how you can help in your community. Consider this your helping hub. Share this with your friends, your family, your colleagues. We won’t solve the problem overnight but together we can make a difference.
– Before the crisis, The United Food Bank in Arizona would deliver on average 1.6 million pounds of food to our more than 220 partnered agencies. For March and April during the pandemic, we averaged more than 2.2 million pounds of food delivered.
– We went from serving 550 families a week to over 2200 families. That’s 10,000 individuals.
– Because food drives have canceled and grocery store rescue has decreased by more than 40%, we had to spend $2.2 million in food purchases.