In a country as wealthy as the United States, it’s easy to forget that there is a growing number of people in our own country that don’t have enough to eat. According to a study published in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure, equating to 42 million Americans including 13 million children.
Food insecurity is different from hunger. Hunger is the physical sensation of a lack of food, whereas food insecurity is a lack of finances to purchase the adequate amount of food for your household. Food insecurity is not limited to people in poverty, just as not all people in poverty experience food insecurity.
Because of its complexity, and other factors closely related to food insecurity, like affordable housing, unemployment, or underemployment, the rate of food insecurity in the U.S. is staggering. It’s also not easy to identify who may or may not be food insecure.
Unlike other parts of the world where there is not enough food, in America, the resources exist. That’s why food pantries and food banks, like Midwest Food Bank, are so important. The goods that we deliver to our agency partners help to supplement the food supply for families and individuals across our country, aiding those whose resources are beyond stretched.
We know that hunger and poverty play a leading role on the world’s stage and we are grateful to have the ability to do our part in helping to alleviate it. Our locations include Haiti and East Africa, some of the areas hardest hit by hunger arising from poverty.
Join us in as we work to feed those in need. Every donation, no matter the size, is appreciated. And, please know that volunteering, even one time, can change one’s heart, which can change the world. Thank you for your attention and careful consideration.