The problems associated with hunger and food insecurity are not confined to the nation’s largest cities. For many people in our community, hunger and food insecurity are a harsh reality. Thousands of working adults, children and seniors in our region are struggling with hunger every day.
Food insecurity refers to the availability of food and access to it. Those who are considered food insecure do not know when they will have their next meal. Many in low or fixed income situations are food insecure, often forced to choose between purchasing food or paying for rent or utilities. The increasing cost of living coupled with the downturn in the economy has forced a growing numbers of the middle class to utilize emergency food assistance.
At our Customer Connection Center in Over-the-Rhine, we have seen an dramatic increase in demand for food and services. Our Agency Network has experienced similar increases in need and we work together to provide food and services. At the Freestore Foodbank, we understand the prevalence of hunger in our region and hope to inform you about the need in your community. Click here to visit our Resource Center for current hunger and poverty statistics and legislation.