Feeding the Needy in Your City
Statistics On Hunger In America
According to the Feeding America Site, hunger in America is still a valid issue. Take a look at the facts as of 2012:
- 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children live in what is called a food insecure household, which means there is typically more month than money.
- 26.5 million adults aged 18-64 live in poverty.
- 16.1 million children under the age of 18 live in poverty.
- Mississippi ranks #1 in household food insecurity at 20.9%
- 59.4% of food-insecure households participate in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (S.N.A.P., formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
In spite of their best efforts, parents may still fall short every month even with government assistance due to recent government budget cuts.
Give a Little Bit
If you haven't by now, you may soon get a postcard in the mail asking for a donation of non-perishable food for those in need in your city. This food drive is as simple as they come. All have to do is place a bag of donations by your mailbox, and your mail carrier will pick it up Saturday, May 10, 2014. Most of us have good canned goods that are not in heavy rotation in our household's diet, and this is an easy way to clear our cabinets and make a difference at the same time.
Stamp Out Hunger In Your Area
All fresh, up-to-date items are acceptable, but a few items are in high demand such as:
- Canned meat/fish/stew
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Canned/boxed juices