Image courtesy The Stop Community Food Center / Zoe Alexopoulos
If you’re not familiar with them, The Stop CFC (community food center) is a really interesting organization. They started in the early 1980’s as a food bank, but have since transformed into… well, into a community food center! They offer cooking classes, community gardens, they offer support groups and community advocacy, they teach perinatal nutrition and host movie nights… the list goes on and on, but the main point here is that after adding all these other services, they are still also a food bank.
The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.
Here at The Sweet Potato, we are big fans of The Stop. Their mandate is actually very similar to our own, and they do amazing work in our community – which is why we support them as much as we can.
This December, we are again running our annual Food Drive in Support of The Stop. We’ve got a bin set up inside the store for donations of dry goods, and we’re also matching all monetary donations dollar-for-dollar.
If you are able to give, they have provided us with a list of their most-requested items:
- Canned fish
- Peanut butter (or any sort of nut butter)
- Dried beans (or canned beans) – especially Kidney Beans
- Gluten-Free pasta
- Pasta sauce
- Brown Rice
Anything you are able to provide would be great; we think they do really great work, and we are eager to support them as much as we can. If you want to read more about them, you can visit their website, where you can sign up for an event, volunteer, or just learn about all the great stuff they do.
We hope you’ll help us help them make sure everyone has a warm, happy, and well-fed holiday season!