WHY SUPPORT BREWERS & BLUES AGAINST HUNGER
The Brewers & Blues Tour is an ongoing food drive campaign of the Blues Against Hunger Society, a group dedicated to feeding the hungry with blues music. Their mission is to produce free live blues music food drive events for collecting nonperishable food donations for local food banks. They feel hunger and blues come from the same origin - poverty.
They feel blues is a style of music ideal for bringing people together, both music fans of all kinds, and musicians alike, all to help their communities. All BAHS events are FREE to the public. They do not accept cash donations, only food. If you wish to donate money, you can contact the food bank in your area, or refer to the Feeding America list provided below. If you wish to support BAHS so that we may continue producing food drive blues events, please join BAHS.
WHY DONATE FOOD?According to Feeding America (http://www.feedingamerica.org/), Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.
Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.
12 Facts About Hunger in the US:
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- In 2015, 14.5 million or approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.
- 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
- The USDA defines "food insecurity" as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure. More and more people are relying on food banks and pantries. Collect food outside your local supermarket for a local food bank. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout GL.
- 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
- In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.
- More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.
- Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer meal sites.
- For every 100 school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
- 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
- 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.
- These 8 states have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the US national average (14.6%): Arkansas (21.2%), Mississippi (21.1%), Texas (18.0%), Tennessee (17.4%), North Carolina (17.3%), Missouri (16.9%), Georgia (16.6%), Ohio (16.0%).
*Sources - https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-hunger-us
WHAT TO DONATE:
Examples of donated non-perishable food include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice, prepared dinners, canned tuna, cold drinks, powdered milk, coffee and tea, canned soups and stew.
WHERE TO DONATE:
- We always accept non-perishable food donations at any BAHS event; which will be placed in collection barrels provided in advance by the local food bank.
- The Feeding America Food Bank Database will help you find your communities local Food Bank or Pantry - http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/
OUR PAST BLUES FOOD DRIVES
OUR PAST BLUES FOOD DRIVES
|Blues Against Hunger in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The photo is of the Caritas charity collecting donations. This one event, held at Strokers Reef was a huge success and fill the back of a small commercial truck.|
|A signed THANK YOU sign to Blues Against Hunger for the community of Maneadero, Baja California. The events was held in Punta Banda, and donated the this community with the help of Patty Rodriguez. circa 2015|
|Bring Out The Barrels at the Alameda Yacht Club! These folks are generous and they know how to party. Wonderful supportive bunch. The Alameda County Food Bank was terrific and provided Blues Against Hunger with collection barrels a couple days in advance, which really works out great. circa 2014|
|Sixx and Sweet at The Kraken in Coast Hwy 101 in Cardiff, CA playing as duo. circa 2014.|
|Donations collected at the very first Blues Against Hunger at El Dorado Ranch, San Felipe. circa 2014.|
|At the Famous Johnny's Bar in Hollister California. circa 2014|
|Blues Against Hunger in San Felipe, Baja California at Playa de Oro. circa 2014|
|Blues Against Hunger event in Los Barriles, Baja California Sur|
at Hotel Los Pescadores. Rachel "Sweet" Pack and local resident. circa 2014