Million pounds of food needed every month
One million pounds of food is needed each month to stop a homeless increase in Volusia County.
Halifax Urban Ministries' "Love Your Neighbor Food Drive" has more than 60 area food collection locations where residents can help the less fortunate in the community by donating nonperishable food items.
"Summer is a tough time, the needs are greater, but donations go down," said P. Charli Elliot, operations manager of HUM's homeless prevention program.
More than 2,400 families each month receive a package of groceries that includes the most needed items like canned tuna, beef stew, chili, pinto or navy beans, soup, pork & beans, tomato sauce, corn, green beans and fruit, plus dry items including breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, dry milk and macaroni and cheese. In addition each family receives several frozen meat items that HUM purchases at a reduced price through the USDA from Second Harvest Food Bank.
Executive Director Troy Ray said, "Helping your neighbor has never been so easy."
This year HUM will distribute more than 600 tons of food, a dramatic increase from the 240 tons distributed in 2011 in the Feed a Family homeless prevention program.
There are nearly 20,000 area families living below the poverty line, many are working but they struggle to make ends meet with their two main expenses being food and housing.
Every dollar HUM saves a family on groceries, leaves more funds to pay for housing, preventing homelessness. Not only has the need increased due to the economy and a reduction in other programs, but HUM has grown from a few coastal locations to 12 distribution points throughout Volusia County. By working with partner organizations, HUM now distributes hundreds of bags of food at schools to families of children that suffer from nutritional challenges.
Food donations may be made at any Volusia County Library, the Daytona Beach Fire Department, plus eight locations of Check On Hold, medical offices of Met Care or TLC Chiropractic and more than 30 area churches.
For a complete list, visit HalifaxUrbanMinistries.org.
Mark Geallis, Community Relations Director
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1048, Response to 'Cold Beer'
Sure have another "cold one" and wallow in your self- pity. Wow, you sure present your resentments anger and self-importance. Why not deal with our Vietnam Brothers in Arms, in a real constructive and positive mode of service and dedication to our community?
We at VVA 1048 have served our community in its needs and have provided scholarships to two high school students in the amount of $1,000. We provide needed Color Guards for all veteran functions. We provided funds for the POW-MIA memorial at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Our 58,044, and still counting, brothers who died and are MIAs would do more than wallow in self-pity and resentments -- if still alive today.
I believe they would still swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic. I believe, their ghosts are crying out to us to do something positive to change the current direction of this country.
So, do something positive. No need to drown your resentments and self-pity with a "cold one." How about being a man and participate in the system. Real men don't get drunk so they can feel good about themselves, so they can criticize those who are doing something positive. Why not join VVA 1048 and do something -- our dead brothers listed on the "Wall" would, because they believed in this country (right or wrong). Enough to give the ultimate sacrifice. We don't honor them by feeling sorry for ourselves, and getting drunk.
SGT 1st Air Cavalry