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 Medina County is 10.2 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 17.4 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 1,142,381 pounds of food and essential items to Medina County families in need. Of that, 271,243 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
Walking into the Buckeye Christian Assembly’s food pantry for the first time, Madeline holds the small hands of her daughters, Emily and Natalie. She feels welcomed and thankful that places like this are here for families when life doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Madeline’s husband runs his own home maintenance company, but business has been extremely slow. Often forced with choosing which bills to pay to make it through the month, Madeline recognized her family needs a little help—even if it’s just this one time.
In the line at the food pantry, Madeline is greeted by volunteers who assist in choosing items that are best for her family, like meats, fresh breads and vegetables. Asking for help is not easy for Madeline, but as a mother, she’ll do anything to make sure her growing daughters get the nutrition they need.
Madeline’s family is new to their neighborhood, and although she hasn’t had much time to meet her neighbors, she knows she’s met another kind of neighbor today—the volunteers inside the food pantry, helping to nourish her community.