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 Carroll County is 13.6 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 24.0 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 896,525 pounds of food and essential items to Carroll County families in need. Of that, 191,349 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
John & Sharon's Story
The first time John and Sharon walked through the doors of the Minerva United Methodist Church Direct Distribution, pride and shame almost stopped them. As healthcare aides at local medical facilities, this young couple spends their time taking care of others. John feels he should be able to provide for his family, but right now they can’t make ends meet, even with him working overtime. Their budget is tight because Sharon recently went on maternity leave when they welcomed Grace, a beautiful baby girl, into their lives.
Walking into the bright, open room of the Direct Distribution, John and Sharon feel humbled and grateful for all of the fresh fruits and vegetables available to them. They’re dedicated in their commitment to avoiding processed foods and eager to teach their new daughter the importance of nutrition.
They share their hopes and dreams for the future, and also the importance of community—of neighbors helping neighbors. More than anything, John and Sharon look forward to the day they can volunteer at the very place that helped them when they needed it most.