The GEFS is an important organization that helps support the hunger needs in our community. Here is some information we received about how they operate and what their needs are at this time, which we wanted to pass along to help spread the word.
GEFS in an all-volunteer self-sustaining charitable organization, relying on donations from individuals, churches, community organizations, and businesses to provide the food and household products we distribute to the community. While we greatly appreciate receiving food and household products, cash donations are also needed.
Food drives provide a wide array of non-perishable food, but we must purchase fresh food (bread, milk, eggs, meat, and margarine) for our families. We may have to purchase items to fill gaps in our inventory. Having cash on hand allows us to stock up on items when they are on sale. We can also obtain food at a lower cost because of our partnership with Foodlink. For example, chunky soup costs $1.59 for a one pound can at the grocery store. We can purchase it from Foodlink for $.49 a pound. If a person donates 4 cans of soup at $1.59, the donor’s cost is $6.36. If $6.36 in cash was donated to the Food Shelf, we could purchase 12 cans of soup – making the donation go 3 times further.
Cash is also needed for operational costs. Over 94% of every dollar donated goes directly to provide food and supplies for our neighbors in need. While we keep overhead costs at an absolute minimum, we can’t eliminate them. We must pay for liability insurance, bookkeeping software, federal tax form preparation (even though we pay no tax), our hotline, and office supplies.
The next time your neighbors ask what the Food Shelf needs, suggest they send a check in the amount they would spend at the grocery store. It will be used wisely.