Over 49 million Americans have limited access to nutrient-dense food. The simple fact is that healthy food is expensive. Low-income seniors, families, and individuals are forced to make decisions as to how to get by with what little they have. Often that means skipping meals or buying cheap, unhealthy calories. Many neighborhoods lack basic access to markets and grocery stores that have fresh produce, meat, and fish. Thankfully, the nation's wide network of food banks is working to keep people well fed.
SeaShare exists to help those food banks. As they focus on better nutrition and providing well-balanced meals, the demand for protein, especially seafood, is growing. SeaShare's mission is to fulfill this vital need by getting one of the most high-valued and costly protein sources into food banks, pantries, and shelters across America.
Those struggling with food insecurity face the burden of not only getting enough to eat, but also accessing nutrient-rich foods that promote good health and help reduce risk of chronic disease.
Feeding America’s Hunger in America Study revealed 79% of households dealing with food insecurity purchased inexpensive, unhealthy food as a coping strategy.
Of the 4 billion pounds of food distributed through the Feeding America network less than 2% is nutrient-dense, animal based protein and seafood only makes up a fraction of that.
Lack of Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory disorders, and mental and emotional problems. Fish is, indeed, a brain food.
Seafood contains a high-quality protein that includes all of the essential amino acids for human health, making it a complete protein source. a 3 ounce serving provides a third of the recommended daily intake.
SeaShare works with a large community of fishermen, processors, logistics and distribution partners who want to do their part to help struggling families and individuals. Donations include a wide variety of species, such as salmon, Alaska pollock, pacific white shrimp, rockfish, halibut, catfish, and tilapia.
Getting seafood from the ocean into food banks is a complex and costly process. SeaShare provides the framework and logistics that allow a wide range of partners to work together to make large- and small-scale donations possible. By coordinating donations from fishermen with contributions from its cold storage, processing, and shipping partners, SeaShare leverages its network to enable the industry to give on a scale that can only be achieved from a collective effort.
We have a long-standing collaboration with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. With their network we're able to join forces and get donations across the nation.
Donors range in size from small, independent fishermen to large-scale harvesting and processing vessels. These fishermen work with other processors, importers, distributors, and cold-storage warehouses, all of whom donate their services to SeaShare to get this highly perishable, nutritious product to food banks across the country.
Over the past 20 years, SeaShare has delivered more than 200 million seafood servings to food banks and feeding centers.
With your help we can do so much more. While we receive generous contributions of seafood and services from our partners, we can’t get 100% of the costs covered for shipping, storage, and preparing the fish into family size portions. Your donation today will contribute directly to that effort.