Hunger Next Door
How many people do you personally know who suffer from food insecurity? The number may be higher than you think.
Your next-door neighbor, the person who helps you at the grocery store, a co-worker, or the nice retired couple who live down the street – any of them could be facing the stress of not always knowing where their next meal is coming from.
When a family or individual lives in a home that is “food insecure,” they are dealing with the struggle of not having enough food for themselves or their family, or having to eat foods that aren’t very healthy.
Feeding America estimates that more than 48 million people live in a household that is food insecure, with 15 million of these individuals being children, and more than four million being age 65 and older.
The Causes of Hunger
But what causes food insecurity? According to Feeding America, food insecurity is often linked to poverty. However, it’s not the only cause.
Unfortunately, many people living above the poverty line are also at risk of food insecurity. Facing unforeseen medical expenses, losing a job or no longer being able to work can greatly impact someone’s ability to pay for the necessities of everyday living. When you’re suddenly facing life with unplanned expenses or without a regular paycheck, it can be harder and harder to make ends meet … and it’s often hard to ask for help.
If you know a friend, neighbor or local family in this situation, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Find out how you can help them such as taking them a meal some night, offering a grocery gift card or connecting them with a local food pantry. While it may be hard for them to accept help at first, deep down they’ll be grateful you took the time to care.
I’m proud to be part of an organization like WoodmenLife that has accepted the challenge of fighting hunger. As part of our National Community Focus, we encourage our chapters and members across America to do their part in supporting this worthwhile cause.
I welcome you to join us in the fight against food insecurity and hunger in your local community. Together, I know we can make a difference.