We all enjoy food every day, right? For some families, this is less than true.
According to the Childhood Hunger Alliance, "In Ohio, the problem of childhood hunger is very real. Today, there are roughly half a million children in our state who don't know where their next meal is coming from. One in four Ohio households with children reported there was a time in the last year when they didn't have enough money to buy food. These are preventable problems."
The H.E.L.P. House statistics indicate that in December of 2011 we provided food to 3,115 registered clients. Of this number, 1,253 of these recipients were between the ages of 0 and 17. Adults numbered 1,094 in households with children versus 436 in households without children. An amazing 115 clients with children were over the age of 60 - grandparents raising grandchildren. When you look at these total numbers, 79% of our food recipients in December are either children or adults raising children.
"Ohio's hunger problem got worse last year. The state climbed to sixth in the nation in food insecurity, as 1 in 6 households struggled last year to get enough to eat. In only five other states, all in the Deep South, was hunger more persistent," according to an annual report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
New Food Program: Can you donate to the Food-of-the-Month Drive to combat hunger in our community? It's easy! Just shop for a little extra and bring the following to the H.E.L.P. House.
|October||Stuffing, Canned Vegetables, and Canned Fruit|
|November||Instant Potatoes & Gravy Packets|
|December||Canned Soup and Stews|
And remember, we can ALWAYS use more baby formula!