Fighting Food Insecurity

Last week, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released its Map the Meal Gap 2012 a report on the estimates of food insecurity in the United States.

Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. The newest report revealed that food insecurity continues to exist in every U.S. county and that the rates are rising in counties already economically downtrodden.  To check out the rate in your county, click here.

Day in and day out, The Salvation Army works to fights food insecurity, hunger and poverty via thousands of food banks, pantries and shelters. Last year alone, we served almost 60 million meals to individuals and families in need. If the food served at Salvation Army locations isn’t purchased from the monetary donations of our supporters, it’s often donated directly from local businesses and grocery stores.

Food insecurity for struggling families in America doesn’t last just a day. It can often last the duration of just one family’s member’s unemployment. That’s why volunteers and employees of The Salvation Army often serve the same individuals consistently for a period of time.

Take Frankie Kahn for example, a recovering alcoholic and daily visitor of The Salvation Army soup kitchen in Riverhead, NY. Each day, as he strives to get back on his feet financially, he gets a warm meal and a hug from Pastor Frank Dene, one of the six volunteers who serve lunch each day in the organization’s basement.

Read the touching story from Long Island’s Newsday by clicking here.

Want to donate food to your local Salvation Army? Visit our website to contact your closest location and find out what they need. Or, click here for other ways to show your support.