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Letter to the Editor

Recently, the St. Joseph News-Press published a post in “It's Your Call” titled "Lots of Dough" concerning Second Harvest Community Food Bank. You can find the post here: http://www.newspressnow.com/its-your-call/31031744/detail.html

First of all, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the many supporters of Second Harvest Community Food Bank’s recent "Hunger is Here: So is the Solution" Annual Fund Campaign. The funds raised through that effort will impact the lives of over 13,000 individuals per week through critically important programs impacting children, families and seniors across our 19-county service territory.

While I was pleased the author of the comments took time to read the financial reports we have made available on our website (please find our most recent audit here.) I was surprised the author overlooked the fact that greater than 96% of all resources donated to Second Harvest are invested back into important program and services. This is an astounding efficiency rate for any entity, for profit or nonprofit, and a point of great pride for our organization.

All that said, there is something that greatly concerns me about your reader's comments. By attacking an extremely efficient organization, the author fires a "shot across the bow" at all nonprofit organizations. Due to the nature of the services provided by these nonprofits, they are unable to achieve the type of efficiency rating a food bank, like Second Harvest, can.

Local nonprofit organizations provide outstanding healthcare, education, youth, recreation and character development programs as well as spiritual guidance, arts, culture and important emergency services. These organizations provide shelter to those without a home. Staff and volunteers hold tiny hands at birth and provide comfort in hospice to those at the end of life.

I suggest it's time we set aside these types of attacks. As a community, let’s pause for a moment to recognize the true value of these institutions to the social, spiritual and economic vitality of our community.

By doing so, I am confident we will all feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction in the return we receive on each investment of time, treasure and talent invested.

My best,
David Davenport
CEO, Second Harvest Community Food Bank

Posted by David Davenport, CEO - Wednesday, 05/09/12, 05:04 PM - Comments - Category: Miscellaneous


Comment by Carol Abbott on May 10, 2012 - 10:46 AM


It is very troubling that there is a faction of people in this country that have so "hardened their hearts" that they no longer see the desperate need of their neighbors. The mom and dad who both have low wage jobs but still run out of food to feed their babies before the next pay checks arrive. All the ones who are struggling with job loss, home foreclosure, severe illness, no medical insurance and other oppressing needs in this economy which is still trying to recover balance after the recession - mini depression or whatever it was - that happened almost four years ago.

Instead of writing letters to the editor attacking an organization that is pouring over 95% of the funds that they raise back into direct services and groceries for hungry local citizens, they might better spend their time on organizing a food collection drive to help stock the shelves at the St Joseph location of the Second Harvest Food Bank.

When did this Great Country that Americans have always been so proud of factionalize so badly that some people feel it's okay for even one person to go to bed hungry? Where has their "caring compassion" gone? What will it take for them to have the scales removed from their eyes? Remember that Jesus did say "What you do to the least of my brothers...".

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