I’ve supported food banks through more than one business. It is a cause where I feel a little goes a long way. This is why we donated thousands to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada in 2020, which we believed was a very important cause, especially during the pandemic. From the Support Our Causes: Food Bank’s page:
“Why Food Banks?
Food Banks generally make great use of every dollar donated to their cause. Where for many charitable organizations the vast majority of funds are eaten up by salaries and admin fees, food banks tend to turn every dollar into MORE than an individual could have contributed themselves.
Additionally, food banks are in dire need during this crisis. Not only is mass hoarding of food limiting the ability to obtain supplies, but in times of crisis, like now, many have stopped donating.
We challenge all our customers to support local causes during this hardship we face and to STOP hoarding supplies.”
It is no surprise to me that despite the urgent need food banks are in, with food insecurity reaching all time highs due to incompetent governmental actions and interventions, chain grocery stores are still up to their own “sales drive” hustle. Every year, food banks urge people to not purchase food from grocery stores, and instead donate directly in cash. Due to purchasing power, food banks are able to turn every dollar you donate into $2–3 worth of what a consumer can purchase. Moreover, sorting through inventory supplied by donations eats up additional admin fees and/or precious volunteer time. Despite this plea, grocery stores continue this practice. Why?
- Consumers don’t listen, and most will likely believe grocery stores are “helping.”
- It is driving up their own sales. Sometimes, such as what just aired on my local news, the “sticker price” of the donation bag is higher than the combined price of the items within.
If you’re going to support food banks, donate directly. Or, better yet, if you’re a customer of Drink HRW, as a reminder, for every $1 you donate to food banks through our order process, we will donate $2 up to the total value of your purchase through us. Don’t support big business and their shady schemes. Direct your support in the ways it will make the most impact.