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 Tuscarawas County is 13.7 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 22.2 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 5,283,851 pounds of food and essential items to Tuscarawas County families in need. Of that, 2,019,651 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
Elizabeth & Ruben's Story
Walking into Journey’s End Ministries, Elizabeth and Ruben have three of their small sons with them, and this energetic family is picking out fresh groceries to take home. This combined family has a total of six young children in their home.
Large racks of produce, including potatoes and bananas, canned goods and dairy products, look more like what you would find in a grocery store than in a food pantry. Their family has been coming here off and on for a couple years, just when they really need it. Elizabeth says the first thing she runs out of in her house is fresh fruits and vegetables—her boys’ favorite.
Joking about never getting sleep, Elizabeth smiles proudly at one of her sons eating crackers and playing with the wrapper. She talks about how important this food pantry is to those in their neighborhood. When one neighbor’s home had a fire, the first place they came for support was the open arms of Journey’s End Ministries.