Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life. The food insecurity rate in Wayne County is 12.5 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 20.8 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 1,660,942 pounds of food and essential items to Wayne County families in need. Of that, 519,120 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
His core belief in family values and the desire to be closer to his wife’s family is why Mark moved from California to Wayne County. When his wife and best friend of almost twenty years passed away of cancer, he had no idea he would join the family of volunteers and friends at the Crown Hill Food Pantry of Crown Hill Mennonite Church.
Three years ago, Mark was working as a crane operator when his foot was crushed by a 3,000 lb. machine. Unable to work for a year, his cupboards were nearly empty when he found the Crown Hill Mennonite Church’s food pantry—and he never left. Mark is now an active volunteer with a full time job, and leaves work early if the pantry needs him.
Giving and helping are the two words Mark uses to describe the way neighbors should be. While loading cars and trucks full of fresh groceries at the food pantry for more than 300 families each month, Mark is proud to be there for others, just like they were there for him.