Hunger in Carroll County

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 12.9 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 21.1 percent.

Food Insecurity Rate

Child Food Insecurity Rate

Your Foodbank’s Response

In 2019, your Foodbank distributed 895,199 pounds of food and essential items to families in need in Carroll County. Of that, 162,950 pounds was fresh, nutritious produce, which was distributed for free.

Your support helps Stacy

Stacy has spent the past nine years taking care of people as a home health aide, and with her soft and thoughtful demeanor, it's clear that she fills the role well. However, even with a full-time position, financial emergencies and everyday expenses continue to stretch Stacy's limited budget.

"Do you pay your electric bill or buy groceries?" she asks, describing the tough decisions she must make.

Stacy first heard of the monthly Direct Distribution in her town more than a year ago. The food provided by services like the Direct Distribution allow her to pay bills without sacrificing a meal.

"I wish people knew how widespread hunger is in the community. The economy is not catching up with the needs. Even if you have a job, you may still be scraping by to make ends meet."

Stacy's favorite part of the distribution is the variety of fruits and vegetables available—especially the berries! She grew up eating from a garden and finds it difficult to stay healthy when produce is out of her price range.

When thinking of those who help provide the monthly distribution, Stacy's eyes light up and she smiles softly, "Saying thank you just isn't enough."