Take Action Against Hunger
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks is urging each of us to take action in our community. Today is our opportunity at St. Paul to make a real and lasting impact on the goal of ending hunger in America.
- In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households—16.7 million of them were children. Food-insecurity is defined by the U.S.D.A.’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food-insecure ALL the time. Food-insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs such as housing, utilities, medical bills and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
- In 2011, 14.9 percent of households were food insecure in the United States. That means almost 15% of households didn’t have enough to eat part or all of the time–in our country.
- In 2011, 20.6% of households with children reported being food insecure. That means that one in five children in the United States does not have adequate food part or all of the time.
- In 2011, 8.4% or 4.8 million senior citizens, over the age of 60, were food insecure.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America—urban, suburban and rural. In Cook County, which includes suburbia, 16.6% of the population, or 860,670 people, living among us are food insecure. That means that you probably encounter someone who does not have enough food to eat almost every day—at the train, walking on the sidewalk or in a parking lot, at a store, at the library, at school or work, or at church.
How can you make a difference in the growing hunger problem in America?
Learn more about the increasing number of hungry people in the United States atfeedingamerica.org.
The data presented are taken from the Hunger Study 2010. It is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically-valid data on our emergency food distribution system and the people Feeding America serves. The comprehensive study is completed every four years, and the increase in food-insecure people since 2006 is staggering.
A Call to Action!
Try eating on just $4.50 a day for a week. Shop for your meals with the daily average per person benefit provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (called SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to get a sense of some of the challenges faced by those struggling to feed their families. Budget $4.50 for the day and share your experience with family and friends to raise awareness of this critical nutrition program. Some people spend more than that on coffee each day. Consider donating the difference between what you normally spend for food in a week with the $4.50 per person/per day.
Volunteer at your local Food Pantry. The Palatine Township Food Pantry uses volunteers to help sort and distribute food each week. The Palatine Township Food Pantry IS part of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Donate food to the Palatine Food Pantry. You can donate groceries or write a check to the Palatine Food Pantry year-round. You can bring food donations to church and put them in the grocery cart in Fellowship Hall throughout the year. Consider picking up four or more extra items each time you shop for your family for the food pantry. This month the pantry is in need of cereal, strawberry jam, chunky peanut butter, tea and coffee and baking products: vegetable oil, flour and sugar. The groceries we collect are delivered to the Palatine Food Pantry whenever the cart fills up. Or, you can take your donations directly to the pantry yourself. The Township office is located on Quentin Road and Illinois Avenue—kitty corner from Fremd High School.
You can also donate extra garden produce that you have grown. Please take this directly to the Township office during the week between 8:30 and 4:00, or Saturdays between 8:30 and noon.
Together, we can make a difference to those who are hungry. Please consider how you can give generously.