To recognize National Food Bank Day on September 2nd, The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles will be participating in a canned food drive with a goal of bringing awareness to those that go hungry. As the Culinary Director, I am honored to be a part of this important day, held annually on the first Friday in September.
John van Hengel is credited with starting the first food bank in 1967 to redistribute food and
prevent the wastage of groceries by handing it out to the poor and hungry. National Food Bank Day is not only a reminder that no one should go to bed hungry, but also a day to honor those workers, volunteers, and food bank charities who work to distribute food year-around.
We will be donating to the St. Charles County Ambulance District. We chose this food bank because we are continuing a tradition here at the Boulevard St Charles. The items we will be donating include non-perishables like peanut butter, canned soup, chips, mac n cheese, pudding, Jell-O, canned vegetables, grits, and oats.
It is important to donate to your local food bank and to give back to the community. It is a vital resource for individuals who have hit a hard time in their lives; a place to get the nutrition they might not be receiving daily. Good nutrition is important to keep the body and mind strong.
In the US alone, about 42 million people struggle with food insecurity. Our team is hopeful we
can make a positive impact on those numbers by supporting for our local food banks in honor of
National Food Bank Day. We will be delivering our non-perishable items on September 2nd and look forward to sharing with you all what a difference we all can make when we give a little.