Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life. Feeding America estimates that the food insecurity rate in Holmes County is 12.4 percent of the total population, a 21 percent increase caused by COVID-19. The child food insecurity rate is 19 percent, a 27 percent increase caused by the pandemic.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2020, your Foodbank distributed 967,846 pounds of food and essential items to families in need in Holmes County, the equivalent of 783,551 meals. Of that, 191,374 pounds was fresh, nutritious produce, which was distributed for free.
Your support helps Julia
Julia has a long history with her local senior center, dating nearly 20 years. She began as a volunteer and has served on its board of directors for more than six years. She’s advocated for its programs and services and understands the importance of the companionship it offers residents.
Julia wishes she could persuade her brother to get involved at the center. Harold, 80, lives alone in their childhood home and relies on her to run errands and grocery shop. As a Korean War veteran, he held a job for a short period of time after returning but found it difficult to acclimate back into society. He prefers solitude and enjoys taking long walks throughout the countryside.
Harold is lucky that many of his expenses are taken care of for him, but his grocery budget can be tight, especially with his active lifestyle. He receives a senior food box each month, filled with enough food to prepare 25 meals, and meals delivered daily directly to his home. All of this is provided free of charge by the senior center and is delivered by the center or Julia.
“I love the center- it’s like family. I’m so thankful and appreciative for all they do,” she said.
Julia continues to check in on her brother and care for him in the ways he’ll allow. Though his life doesn’t look like hers, she’s happy knowing he’s content, safe and satisfied in his own way.