Hunger in Holmes 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 Holmes County is 11.5 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 18.7 percent.

Food Insecurity Rate

Child Food Insecurity Rate

Your Foodbank’s Response

In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 1,062,556 pounds of food and essential items to Holmes County families in need. Of that, 308,024 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.

José's Story

José still describes himself as a newlywed, even though he’s been married a year. At Love Center Food Pantry, he is soft spoken, but when talking about his wife, Idalila, a sense of pride spreads across his face.  

Idalila is enrolled in nursing school, and their small family found themselves needing a little extra help to make it through this month. A friend knew of José’s struggles and told him about the food pantry. The first time he visited, José fondly recalls the sense of community he discovered inside Love Center’s doors.

Leaving the food pantry today, and the neighborhood that’s helped them obtain bags full of fresh produce, breads and canned goods, this couple is hopeful of their future: a future where, as a nurse, Idalila will be proud to help those around her.