Because Music and Meals Can Heal

WHY SUPPORT BREWERS & BLUES AGAINST HUNGERBecause Music and Meals Can Heal. 


The Brewers & Blues Tour is one of the ongoing food drive music tours of the Blues Against Hunger Society. 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. 

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:
After you learn something, do something! Join the Blues Against Hunger Society to help fight hunger

  1. In 2015, 14.5 million or approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty. 
  2. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
  3. 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%.
  4. 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.
  5. 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
  6. In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.
  7. More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.
  8. 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.
  9. For every 100 school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
  10. 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
If you wish to help fight hunger, join the BAHS; with your help we may continue producing food drive blues concerts, Join The Blues Against Hunger Society.

WHAT TO DONATE:

Some examples of non-perishable foods include peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits, canned vegetables, dried fruits and powdered milk. Canned meats, such as tuna, salmon, turkey and chicken, are non-perishable foods that are excellent sources of protein. Canned soup and chili adds variety to an emergency food supply. 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 Pantery - http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/
BREWERS & BLUES AGAINST HUNGER tour is a blues music food drive campaign of the BLUES AGAINST HUNGER SOCIETY (www.bluesagainsthunger.org), an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry through the preservation and promotion of blues music. BAHS' mission is to produce free live blues music food drive events for collecting nonperishable food donations for local food banks.
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