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 Portage County is 13.9 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 20.2 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 1,432,129 pounds of food and essential items to Portage County families in need. Of that, 358,449 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
Jill believes in the power of staying positive, and recognizes the importance of this when doing her toughest and most rewarding job—being a single mom. Even though she suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, she doesn’t let either one define her. She is a respected motivational speaker who presents on reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Because of her illnesses, Jill’s family is on a fixed income. When things get tight for them during the month, she is sometimes forced to turn to the community at the LifePoint Church of Atwater’s food pantry. The volunteers and leaders at the pantry assure all who walk in that they are safe and welcome.
When visiting the pantry, Jill describes the line of individuals and families that wraps around the building as being filled with people simply trying to make a change, trying to make their lives better for those they love. She knows that the people at the pantry help anyone and everyone from the goodness of their hearts, and don’t expect anything in return, just like good neighbors do.