According to the USDA, food insecurity is a situation of limited or uncertain availability to nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. In the US, the land of plenty, 1 in every 6 people struggle as a statistic of hunger.
It is hard to believe that our own neighbors and friends in the East Bay suffer from food insecurities, as we oftentimes take for granted healthy, nutritious and hot meals. We splurge on fresh caught local seafood and fine wine...while other members of the community remain unaware of where their next meal will come from. The vision of Singing Out is to rectify these faults and secure a high quality, adequate amount of food to those in need.
Since 2003 SOAH has raised more than $165,000 toward our mission. We have provided over 100,000 pounds of food to community food banks and suppliers. Our impact has aided over 3,500 households and over 5,000 individuals in the East Bay area.
Singing Out Against Hunger has a growing partnership with the East Bay Community Action Program. Through this partnership we have donated to their Backpack Program. Through this initiative, EBCAP delivered 1,608 backpacks to schoolchildren in need. Each backpack contains 5 meals, totaling 8,040 meals provided to children in the Newport school system. This contribution is an asset to the community, as more than one out of every five children lives in a household with food insecurity, meaning they don't always know where their next meal will come from. For many children, their only meals come while they are at school and often struggle over weekends and school breaks, because their parents can't provide them with simple meals due to economic hardships.