The mission of the ICA Food Shelf is "to offer hope as we provide assistance to our neighbors in need." Since 1971 they have provided food, clothing, and other vital assistance to people in my community.
For instance, in local schools ICA distributes food bags, which contain easy-to-prepare food for the weekend, and also fit comfortably into a backpack. The fact that so many students rely on such a program in the wealthy school district where I live, and where I graduated high school, came as a significant shock.
ICA also offers a mobile food shelf, home delivery of food by volunteers (including my dad!), a food program for kids during the summer months, holiday meals, and more. Until we live in a world where debilitating poverty has finally been banished, such gifts of food help to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition.
When my family has volunteered in local food shelves together, we have seen first hand that food shelves provide so much more in addition to food. ICA, and similar organizations, offer hope in the form of housing assistance, employment assistance, and other services.
I don't normally feel the need to announce my charitable giving to the world, but in this instance I feel compelled to do more than just send money to the ICA Food Shelf. My goal is to remind people about the important work of food shelves in all of our communities, encourage you to give generously to your local food shelf, and promote the practice of yoga in community.