S.E. Williams | Executive Editor
On Jan. 18, the regional food bank of the Inland Empire, Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) launched a year-long campaign “Where’s FARSB?” to provide food to families across 104 cities throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties throughout 2021.
Reports indicate there are more than 800,000 people who live below the poverty line in the Inland Empire and more than 400,000 residents are food insecure.
FARSB will facilitate the 2021 campaign as it continues its efforts to establish new partnerships in service cities, bring awareness to food programs and create new volunteer opportunities in both city and desert regions of the Inland Empire.
“Creating more opportunities for our community’s most vulnerable families requires us to take a deep dive into the work we are doing and the gaps that need filling,” said Stephanie Otero, Chief Executive Officer at FARSB. “We are eager to fill the gap and strengthen our ties in 104 cities while our community follows us through this year-long endeavor.”
Otero encouraged members of the community to support the “Where’s FARSB?” campaign by visiting FeedingIE.org/wheresfarsb; text ROADTRIP to 41444 to donate; signing up to conduct emergency food deliveries at FeedingIE.org/volunteer; following the road trip on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
As part of the 2021 campaign, FARSB will utilize many of their signature programs, including Kids Market, School Pantry, HERO (Homebound Emergency Relief Outreach) Delivery Program, Grocery Rescue, CalFresh Assistance Program, Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and their 250 community partner sites.
Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino is dedicated to alleviating hunger in the Inland Empire and will continue to share updates across social media and their website through the end of Dec. 31, 2021.
Ontero highlighted how 98% of every dollar donated through the “Where’s FARSB?” campaign will go towards general operating and transportation expenses, and 100% of it will stay in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
For more information on FARBS’s service to the Inland Empire communities visit FeedingIE.org.
S.E. Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News.