Yucaipa’s Holiday Food Drive Begins Monday, Nov. 4

By on November 4, 2019

Before you take off to the grocery store next time, plan to pick up a few extra items to share with those in need as part of Yucaipa’s Holiday Food Drive. All donations will benefit local food banks whether for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or simply for everyday food needs.

According to the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB), one in eight Californians currently struggle with food insecurity. “Food insecurity” is the occasional or constant lack of access to the food one needs for a healthy, active life.

It is well documented that food insecurity has serious impacts on an individual’s well-being. This can result in poor school attendance and performance, lowered workplace productivity, as well as physical and mental health problems.

According to CAFB, nearly eight million Californians live in poverty.  Food insecurity often goes hand-in-hand with poverty, but this relationship can vary depending on medical expenses, employment status, and cost of living. With a child food insecurity rate of 19 percent, around one in five children in California may go to bed hungry each night. This places California at the 20th highest child food insecurity rate in the nation.

The most needed food items at local food banks are often the very same items you purchase for your family although most food banks are unable to accept perishable food items. Foods high in proteins, vitamins and minerals are the best bets for donations. Boxed, bottled and canned items, especially those that do not require a can opener, are especially needed (pop-top cans are great); it’s best to avoid items in glass jars. Needed items include:

  • Canned meats (chicken, tuna, ham, spam)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Individual servings of fruit (like applesauce, pears, etc. in plastic cups)
  • Dried fruits
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Powdered milk
  • Soup, stew and chili
  • Package meals
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Baby foods (not in glass jars) and formula

Also needed by food banks are paper items like paper towels, napkins, paper plates and bowls. Toiletries and hygiene items are needed supplies like shampoo, soap, lotion, disposable razors, feminine hygiene supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste and laundry detergent. And don’t forget the needs of babies and toddlers; their families very much appreciate diapers, pull-ups and wipes!

Yucaipa’s Holiday Food Drive runs from Nov. 4 through Dec. 13. Donation boxes will be located at the following Yucaipa sites:

  • Yucaipa City Hall at 34272 Yucaipa Blvd.
  • News Mirror at 35145 Yucaipa Blvd.
  • Scherer Community Center at 12202 1st St.
  • Yucaipa Valley Water District at 12770 2nd St.

For questions regarding the Yucaipa Holiday Food Drive contact City Hall at: 909-797-2489.