Hunger doesn’t take a break all year long.
That is the message from San Antonio Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper, who on Wednesday put out the word that it’s facing a fiscal cliff of food donations and help this January.
“Our peak is the November/December phenomenon and now (since) that peak is over, the San Antonio Food Bank has its own version of a 'fiscal cliff,'” he said.
The local bank feeds 58,000 people a week, and therefore must process a little over a million pounds of food through its warehouse in that period of time.
Cooper says the holiday spirit traditionally dries out when January winds begin to blow, but the need remains 365 days a year.
At the top of his winter wish list is money.
"If you would like to make a financial contribution, we leverage your dollar well. For every one dollar we take in, we can put out about 13 dollars worth of food and incredibly efficient 2 percent overhead," Cooper noted.
He says volunteerism also dries up in January and February, without which the food bank cannot operate with such a low overhead.
"We know families that wanted to volunteer over the holidays that thought, 'Well, they're booked and we can't get in,'" he said. "Well, now you can, so come get involved.”
Workers are needed to move food in the warehouse, but volunteers are needed in the kitchens to prepare food for the hungry. The food bank has its own garden that needs tending when the weather warms.
To find out how you can help, visit safoodbank.org.