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 Stark County is 14.4 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 20.8 percent.
Food Insecurity Rate
Child Food Insecurity Rate
Your Foodbank’s Response
In 2017, your Foodbank distributed 8,288,798 pounds of food and essential items to Stark County families in need. Of that, 1,923,978 pounds was produce, which was distributed for free.
Although Sandra came to the hot meal site alone, sitting in a room with more than 100 people enjoying a meal, she doesn’t feel alone. During dinner at Refuge of Hope, a child next to Sandra finishes his meal early, and asks her if she’s going to finish her fruit. She smiles, pushes it toward him, and tells him to enjoy it. What the child doesn’t know is that Sandra has diabetes, and the fresh fruit and healthy options available during the meal help sustain her health.
For 17 years, Sandra worked for a Fortune 500 company, but due to health reasons, she was let go. Because of the job loss and a fallout with her family, she’s been homeless and forced to spend a few nights sleeping on a park bench. But no matter the situation, she continues to talk about the blessings in her life.
Refuge of Hope gives Sandra more than a meal when she needs it most; it gives her strength, and belief in herself. Sandra hopes to remain a light for those around her, and continues to be the best neighbor she can be—even if that means simply sharing her fruit.