Visitors to the Yuma Community Food Bank this past week were not given any meat, bread, diapers or baby formula due to a serious shortage. In response to the extreme shortage, the food bank has launched the S.O.S. or Stock Our Shelves initiative, and are encouraging private individuals, companies and organizations to immediately launch food drives.
YCFB hopes the initiative will bring in at least 20,000 pounds of nonperishable food items as well as meat, bread, diapers, and baby formula.
YCFB has traditionally seen an increase in people visiting the food bank for assistance when the weather heats up, but the numbers are especially high this year as a result of the stagnant local economy.
On May 15th, the food bank broke a record when it served 480 families on a single day, the highest number served since it was opened in 1978. The food bank currently serves about 2,600 people each month.