Donations of canned food and dry goods are much more difficult to come by today, and while community food drives are essential to our work, the results make up only 3 percent of our total supply. As a result, the Food Bank must purchase products to compensate. Financial support from donors means we can buy food that is not available through donation, and also means we can provide consistent menus and nutrition when necessary. We try to keep certain food items on hand at all times because of their nutritional value and appeal to clients, like peanut butter, pastas, and canned vegetables. In addition, outreach programs like Family BackPack and Summer Feeding sites operate using pre-determined menus, which can only be accommodated by purchasing food. Programs like the Farm Fresh Fund mean we can obtain a variety of locally-grown vegetables and fruits for distribution.