As the need for healthy and accessible food grows in Pierce County, the talents and gifts of people like you have become even more important for your friends and neighbors. Philanthropists like you make all the difference for someone who is facing hunger.
By giving, you’ve magnified your ability to change the lives of others. Consider this, each meal’s worth of food that is served at the St. Leo Food Bank only costs about 28 cents. That means that each $20 you give will feed a family of four for over a week!
Similarly, a monthly or quarterly gift is a valuable way to support hungry families throughout the year. As with so many organizations, we experience both plentiful and lean seasons of giving throughout the year. A regular gift provides stability so that hungry families continue to receive the best emergency food assistance possible. For example:
- $83 per month feeds a family of four for the year
- $50 per month provides infant formula to a family for a year
- $25 per month supports a child in the Backpack Program and Summer Meals for the year
Creative Ways to Give
Giving is not just about writing a check, but fundamentally altering the way that we relate to other people within our community. When we feed others, we affirm our shared dignity as one human family. Many supporters have found creative ways to extend this spirit into their network of families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
The Food Connection is a program of St. Leo Catholic Parish. For 2018, all proceeds received through the St. Leo Parish Amazon Smile will go toward feeding hungry families in our community. Using Amazon Smile is the same as shopping on Amazon, you even use the same account, but 0.5% of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice.
Our communities hold an incredible amount of power when we work together. Supporters will often share their abundance by encouraging friends and family members to give for life events like birthdays and weddings. This is especially popular for our child and youth supporters who are growing up into a life of giving and service! Any donation can be made in honor of an individual. Additionally, we are happy to send a card to the honored individual if given an address! This card will only share that you have given a gift and any message you include, and will not include the amount of your gift.
Office Drives and Corporate Citizenship
Giving at the office is another great way to extend the impact we can have for hungry families in Pierce County. Food and fund drives allow supporters to share their passion with coworkers. They also build a sense of community and shared leadership for team members! Many companies also offer a matching gift program, which can double or even triple the impact of the gift you’re already giving.
Stock and Vehicle Gifts
Gifts of stock and vehicles are a terrific way to give on behalf of hungry families!
End of Life Giving
Our supporters have a shared passion for helping hungry families in our community, and many choose to continue this work at the end of their lives. Giving in lieu of flowers and honoring a deceased family member with a gift are beautiful ways to remember our loved ones.
If you are looking to create a lasting legacy in our shared community, we are also happy to assist you in including hungry families in your will. To learn more, asking questions, or receive assistance in making your bequest, please contact James Harper using the information below.
To plan an event or discuss different ways of giving, please contact James Harper at (253) 383-5048 ext. 0 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click the button below to have a Food Connection staff member get in touch with you!