REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK Overview
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: 5,000 volunteers help end local hunger by volunteering with the REFB every year. Volunteers enjoy a rewarding experience packing food boxes, sorting produce, staffing special events, and much more. Helping hands and hearts make a big difference!
Programs: In an effort to effectively reach people struggling with food insecurity in Sonoma County, the Redwood Empire Food Bank operates three strategic hunger initiatives - Every Child, Every Day, Senior Security, and Neighborhood Hunger Network.
The REFB’s most startling and ultimately significant finding from our study, Hunger in Sonoma County / 2010, is the incredibly low, median monthly income reported by food recipients of $930 a month. This is less than a fifth of the median household income of $5,189 a month for all Sonoma County residents established by the Census Bureau in 2007. If you consider that $1,213 was the median rent for an apartment in Sonoma County in 2011, you can understand why there is little if any money left for food or necessities.
According to the recent United States Census Report, 13.1 percent – slightly more than 1 in 8 of Sonoma County residents were living at or below the poverty line in 2010. This is a marked increase from the 8.9 percent in 2007 before the economy collapsed. Living in poverty means that emergency food recipients have numerous financial struggles to deal with, day in and day out.
Of the 78,000 people the REFB provides food for each month:
34,000 of food recipients are children, 11,300 are seniors, and 13,500 are working families.
For more information visit, www.refb.org.