Need for Food Continues to Grow
Imagine a week when hardships leave you unable to provide enough food to feed your young family of four. Imagine being forced to make the tough decision between paying your electricity bill and purchasing food, or paying the mortgage bill and feeding your family. Maybe you don’t have to imagine this; maybe this has been or is you…
The Food Research and Action Center (FAC) released a report yesterday (June 30, 2016) that found more than one in six Ohioans answered yes to the question, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” This report found Ohio 13th in the country for worst food hardship rates in 2015, rising from 19th in 2014. What is worse, Ohio is the only state in the Midwest ranked in the top 20.
Toledo ranks in the top 3 of Ohio’s 7 major cities, below Youngstown and Dayton, as a high food hardship city. Just in Northwest Ohio alone, one in six adults and one four children do not receive adequate food to live a healthy life.
The need for food is stronger now more than ever, as the food hardship in our community continues to grow. One in six adults is food insecure, but that also means one in five can help make a difference in the lives of many today. Your pocket change will change someone’s life, as we turn every dollar into four meals.
Read the full report: http://frac.org/pdf/food-hardship-2016.pdf