Help Patrick Feed the Babies began when Patrick Donovan, age 17, saw a program on childhood hunger and asked his mother "can we help?" Patrick, who is deaf and has autism, became the catalyst for a donation drive which has contributed over $15,000 of formula and infant food to local food banks in the past 3 years.
Patrick's parents recognized that these yearly drives were not only benefiting the recipients, but that Patrick had found a mission in serving his community.
By coupling the goals of Patrick's food bank donations with the involvement of adults with disabilities, HPFB seeks to involve communities in appreciating and helping meet needs in both populations.
Data collected in 2005 found that 39% of those at-risk for hunger were children. Unemployment, low wages and the increasingly high cost of food all contribute to these statistics. In 2008, a Colorado farmer invited people in need to glean vegetables from his farm after crops were harvested. About 40,000 showed up. The farmer told The Washington Post "People obviously need food."
At the same time, adults with disabilities have a 14.8% unemployment rate in Pennsylvania and a record high of 16.4% nationally in August of 2009 . Seven of every ten individuals with disabilities who want to work remain unemployed and out of the workforce. People with special needs, like anyone else, deserve a place in their communities and most want to be contributing members of society.
Your donation can help ease childhood hunger while at the same time giving purpose to persons with special needs. Can you Help Patrick Feed the Babies today?
1"Hunger and Food Insecurity in Pennsylvania", Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, www.pahunger.org
2www.disabilityscoop.com August 6, 2010 & Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, September 2010
3 U.S. Department of Labor, 2010.