Love Flows began in November 2012 as a UUCSV project to help Staten Island recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. For the next six months, we raised close to $25,000 and helped provide food, tools, building materials, clothing, household items, rent relief, and senior housing to victims of Sandy.
Now, we’re beginning the next chapter in the Love Flows story: the LOVE Project, which stands for Let Our Valley Eat. We’re using a system we devised for the Sandy Project, using grocery cards to leverage our purchasing power for the organizations we’re supporting.
In our five counties (Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union) nearly 30,000 people receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits. More than 40% of the school-aged children in the Valley qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. Many other families are on the verge of poverty, but are not eligible for these federal programs. The tight federal budget, cuts in heating assistance programs, threatened cuts in SNAP benefits, and the lagging economic recovery are creating a “perfect storm” for the Valley’s food banks and other nutrition aid programs. Many are overwhelmed, serving far more people than they have ever served before. Some are in danger of closing.
So we here at UUCSV are channeling Love Flows along the Susquehanna River where we will raise money to support these vital assistance programs. Even more importantly, we will be working to build partnerships throughout the Valley among food banks, other nutrition programs, congregations of all religions, and other organizations (for-profit and non-profit). Together, we believe that we can help the Love (and the food) flow throughout the central Susquehanna Valley. We’re asking you to help us make a difference. How can you help?
The Love Flows Matching Challenge: Through the generosity of some of our friends, UUCSV will contribute 50 cents for each dollar donated, for the first $10,000 donated. Please donate generously and be assured that 100% (or more!) of your donation will go directly to help feed our neighbors in the Valley.
There are four ways you can donate – and have your contribution matched:
Thanks for your help! You’re making a difference and helping the love to flow to our neighbors who need us.