Updated: Jun 12, 2021
Millions of American children face hunger and food insecurity every day. The unexpected effect of COVID-19 shook everyone, poor and rich. Unemployment has soared and food shortage is at its peak. Reports show that over 40 million people may face hunger and food insecurity.
Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
What does food insecurity mean?
Unfortunately, it means when a household is unable to provide enough food for every family member to be healthy to carryon their lives.
Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger. In the United States currently, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger.
What causes food insecurity?
One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger.
That’s why many working families, including thousands of households who don’t qualify for federal nutrition assistance, depend on charities like Merciful Hearts and other network of food banks to help make ends meet during difficult times. Merciful Hearts serves hundreds of people every week and we will do anything to move forward.
What are the effects of food insecurity?
Food insecurity can have a wide impact, depending on each individual’s circumstances. Some of the most common, yet complex, effects of food insecurity include:
serious health complications, especially when people facing hunger are forced to choose between spending money on food and medicine or medical care;
damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow; and
difficult decisions for seniors — often living on fixed incomes — such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare.
How can we end food insecurity?
Merciful Hearts is an official participant in Panera’s nationwide program and receives unsold bread and bakery items WEEKLY to feed the NEEDY in the greater Toledo area. In addition to their generosity, we need other donors like you to fill in the gaps to complete this mission, we need: milk, fruits, vegetables, and other items to secure our community.