Oasis Brands Partners With The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank To Fill The Summer Gap
The end of the school year usually means family vacations and summer camps, but for families in need, it can mean increased food bank visits to fill the gap in meals and basic supplies normally guaranteed by schools. To help thousands of families in need, Oasis Brands is donating over 40,000 boxes and almost half a million pocket packs of facial tissue to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
“We are a growing company committed to giving back in in the communities where our products are made and sold,” said Scott Hunter, head of marketing for Oasis Brands. “So many people and so many great retailers in Southern California have helped build Fiora® to become the fastest growing brand in the US, it only makes sense to give back in support of their efforts. Through this donation to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, we hope to help provide some of the basic necessities for families in need.”
During the school year, 22 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program. During the summer months, however, only 2.7 million receive free or reduced-price meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program, leaving a gap of 1 in 8 summer to school-time participants. National food banks like the L.A. Regional Food Bank, operate several programs during the summer that seek to close this gap.
“When school is out of session, many families count on support from food banks to cover their basic necessities such as food and paper goods,” said L.A. Regional Food Bank Chief Product Acquisition Officer Jeanna Kindle. “We are thankful for partners like Oasis Brands who recognize the need to stock food banks throughout the year and the generous spirit to protect our community.”
The USDA reported in 2013 that more than 48 million people in the U.S. participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), most commonly known as “food stamps.” However, basic hygienic needs such as bath tissue and paper towels are not covered by the program, and the need for these items is astounding. Local organizations like the L.A. Regional Food Bank can spend up to thousands of dollars each year in an effort to provide enough paper products to families in need, but they still lack enough supply to meet demand.