January 6, 2019

“ I’m starving”, “What is there to eat” or “There is nothing good to eat” -- many of us say this without even thinking about what we truly mean. It’s actually been only 3 hours since I ate last, the full cabinet of food is not what I want. What no chips! What if the answer was “There is nothing to eat” or “This is all we have to eat”.

We sometimes forget that for many people this is a reality. Many people have only 1 meal a day and not by choice. There is no conceivable reason for children to go hungry in this country. Yet it happens—every day, in every community.

One in 5 children in the United States live in food uncertain households, which means they lack consistent access to enough food.

One in 11 members of our community is at risk of hunger. Hunger is not a problem facing just those in poverty—it is also a challenge faced by working and middle class neighbors. 34% of those at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts earn to much to qualify for government provided emergency assistance. This includes our senior neighbors. Many never dreamed they would need a food pantry or community meal program to feed themselves and their families.

However, the northeast housing costs are high and fuel/heating cost are rising. Health care and prescription costs continue to grow. Fixed incomes rise very slowly.

How do people prioritize these basic human needs? How would you prioritize theseneeds for your family? Hunger and poverty could be a job loss, an illness, or a necessary repair away.

                                              “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
                                                                                                              Helen Keller

 

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