The need for donations to food banks is substantial, according to The Post of North Royalton in "Food bank to begin harvesting donations" on September 19, 2013. Judy Willey, the director for North Royalton's office on Aging & Human Services, used data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development to highlight the severity of the need.
"If we review other statistical data taken from the Center for Urban Poverty of the School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve, we learn that in North Royalton we have over 1,500 city residents on food assistance," Willey said.
According to the article, with the holiday season approaching, food banks are expecting to see an increase in both donations and recipients of the program.
However, while data the Poverty Center has freely available to the community through NEO CANDO indicated to Wiley that more than 1,500 residents in North Royalton are on food assistance, barely one fourth that number reached out to the city food bank for help during Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2012.
Willey encourages those able to give food and especially monetary donations to the food bank. In addition to food, recipients in need are given household items they could not purchase on food stamp programs, such as cleaning and hygienic supplies and infant diapers.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.