How It Works
$2,500 in purchases = 33 meals
Food insecurity affects 1 in 8 individuals within the Famous Supply footprint. Food insecurity refers to the USDA's measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life.
There are too many individuals and families struggling with hunger in the United States. In Famous’ footprint alone, 1 in 8 individuals do not know where their next meal will come from. Many of these individuals are our most vulnerable populations - children and seniors. A portion of all 33 Brand purchases will be donated to your local Feeding America food banks that service Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania and will provide food and other essential products to food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs.
Stacy first heard of the monthly Direct Distribution in her town more than a year ago. The food provided by services like the Direct Distribution allow her to pay bills without sacrificing a meal. “I wish people knew how widespread hunger is in the community. The economy is not catching up with the needs. Even if you have a job, you may still be scraping by to make ends meet.”
Stacy’s favorite part of the distribution is the variety of fruits and vegetables available—especially the berries! She grew up eating from a garden and finds it difficult to stay healthy when produce is out of her price range.
When thinking of those who help provide the monthly distribution, Stacy’s eyes light up and she smiles softly, “Saying thank you just isn’t enough.”
Product Donations = Products for New Homes
Product donations will be made to Habitat ReStore home improvement stores, with the proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. The donations help fund the building of homes for local families in need of a safe, decent, and affordable place to raise a family.
Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. They are a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. Habitat for Humanity of Summit County was organized as an affiliate in 1986. They have been building homes with families in Summit County for over 30 years. Families partner with Habitat to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future.
The Carter-Keys Family: Latrieka Carter-Keys is a hard working single mother. She was encouraged to apply for a Habitat home by a coworker who was also was also accepted into the Homeowner Program. Latrieka is proud of her three children. Daughter, Jimajah is a student of Akron Early College of the University of Akron. Son, Donta is in high school where he is a member of the Pre-Young Scholars Program of Ohio State. Youngest son, Dovion is a member of the Gifted Students Program of Akron Public Schools. All three children maintain merit/honor roll and are devoted to athletics. Children of homeowners are 25% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate college, are less likely to have behavioral problems in high school, and earn substantially higher levels of income than children of renters. Latrieka is proud to finally be a homeowner. She says that purchasing a home that she took part in building herself is a blessing that her family will not take for granted. Each family completes ‘sweat-equity’ where they volunteer in building their own home along as other families homes. They participate in home ownership classes to learn skills including budgeting and home maintenance to set them up for success. Habitat Homeowners like Latrieka truly take pride in their home because it’s something they have worked hard to build alongside their family and other volunteers. “Our home will be filled with lots of love, laughs and great memories.”