Open House Conspiracy was created by a group of individuals who share a lot more than a deep love for music, dancing and art. From the very beginning our vision encompassed efforts to foster a better community we can all live in. We’re all excited about the upcoming event with King Britt & Q-Burns Abstract Message and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to address a persistent and often hidden problem, while providing you with an outlet to help.
Hopefully you agree with us that no one should go hungry in a country that has so much wealth and produces so much waste. Yet nearly 49 million people in the U.S., including 1 in 5 five children, are food insecure. In Florida, food banks have been distributing food at disaster levels with increases of 80% in some areas of the state over the last three years according to the FL Association of Food Banks. This problem is partly being addressed by groups like Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida who distribute donated food to soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other nonprofit agencies that work on the front lines to ensure that Central Florida families with little to no means have food on the table. According to a 2010 report by Second Harvest, 33% of the households their clients serve have at least one working adult and only 10% are homeless. Yet many are being forced to choose between paying rent or seeking medical attention and providing food for their children.
The good news is there’s one little thing you can do as an individual that, collectively, will help. We’re asking that everyone who comes to Sandwich Bar on December 14th bring and donate canned food items which we’ll gladly turn over to Second Harvest. We have the same generous drink special we did last year, bring in a can of food and get a free can of beer in return. While only your first one’s on us, we hope you’ll give more than the minimum.
Bringing in a can is easy, if you want to do more contact Second Harvest. Over the last three decades their organization has distributed over 220 million pounds of food for struggling families, seniors, the homeless and others.