30% of Food Bank client households have at least one working adult.
I had to start today with the fact. These people are called the ‘working poor’. Usually when we think of someone who is hungry, we think of the homeless, or someone who doesn’t have a job – but this misconceptions are so far from the truth. I have been doing my research, and found these facts from the Feeding America website:
Working Poor Facts
- Female-headed households were more than twice as likely to be among the working poor as male-headed households in 2008.
- Among families with at least one member working at least half a year, families with children were 4 times more likely than families without children to live in poverty in 2008.iii
- According to a survey on hunger and homelessness conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors, 88.5% of cities participating in the survey cited unemployment as one of three major causes of hunger in their city.
- Thirty-nine percent of all adults served by Feeding America have completed high school or equivalent degree with no further education beyond high school. ii
- 34 percent of all households served by Feeding America have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care. ii
- Sixty-five percent of working families that received SNAP were single-parent families. ” (Feeding America, 2012)
These families are struggling with tough decisions every single day, and are asking themselves questions like, “do I pay the rent, or do we eat dinner?”, “do I pay the electric bill, so that I have heat, or do we eat dinner?” It is scary to think that 15.7% of North Carolina is at risk for hunger, and 34% of those are children.
30 Facts in 30 Days Revisited
For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food or 5 meals
The Food Bank is a first-responder in the time of a natural disaster.
The Food Bank provided nearly 840,000 lbs of disaster relief product after hurricane Irene last year!
The Food Bank serves 34 counties in central & eastern North Carolina through six warehouses!
The Wilmington branch is celebrating their 10th anniversary this fiscal year!
Currently, 900 partner agencies receive food from the Food Bank
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 11.7 million pounds of fresh produce.
Four Food Bank branches, Durham, New Bern, Sandhills, Wilmington, had record distribution in 2011-2012.
97 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes directly to food and food related programs.
In 2011, volunteers logged 157,000 hours, equivalent to 70+ full time employees.
In 2011-2012, the Food Bank distributed a record 45 million pounds of food.
The Food Bank’s 19,000 square mile service territory is roughly the size of Switzerland!
There are for than 560,000 individuals at risk for hunger in the Food Bank’s 34-county service area.
34% (over 190,000) of those at risk for hunger in the Food Bank’s service area are children.
The Food Bank’s program, Three Squares for CENC, helps individuals apply for Food Stamp benefits.
Light up hunger today, and donate to the food bank.. You can donate food, or money – any little bit helps. $1.00 equals $10 or FIVE meals.