While statistics can’t truly paint the picture of what it feels like to have your eight year old complain that there’s no food in the house, they do tell a story.
Recently the results of an extensive study on hunger were released. They not only help us paint the picture of the people served nationally by our sister food banks in the Feeding America family, but also those served right here in southwestern Wisconsin by Second Harvest.
The study showed that of those we serve:
- A majority live in a household that brings in less than $20,000 per year.
- A majority of households have someone that works at least 30 hours per week.
- Households struggling with hunger have to use a number of ways to make ends meet like relying on cheap and unhealthy food and watering down food and drinks.
- People without access to enough money have to make tough choices between paying for food or basics like housing, utilities, transportation and medical care.
- Hunger has a significant impact on health. High blood pressure and higher rates of diabetes result from not having enough healthy food.
- Hunger knows no race, gender, age, job status or education level.