1 in 8 families in America are hungry. Every year, 41 million Americans worry about where their next meal is coming from and struggle to afford three meals a day.
275,280 West Virginians experience food insecurity. Among those, more than 121,000 have limited access to healthy food options. This means hunger affects people all over the state – including in our community.
Hunger and food insecurity, or not having reliable and affordable access to healthy food, are common challenges that families face as a result of a health crisis, job loss, or other unexpected event. In the uncertain times of COVID-19, even more people are finding themselves unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
How can you help?
Each February, after a rush of holiday giving, donations to food pantries and feeding programs dip. This fluctuation directly impacts the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and the ability to keep folks fed during the coldest months of the year.
If you are looking for ways to help, please consider donating or volunteering to our local pantries and programs. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of opportunities here. Please do what you can to help these programs that serve an essential need to our people and families.
If you are in need of help, please call 211 where you will be connected with the resources you need.