48.1 million Americans, including more than 15 million children, live in food-insecure households - households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.
Food insecurity - the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food - exists in 17.4 million households in America - approximately one in seven homes. 3.7 million households were unable at times during the year to provide adequately nutritious food for their children.
In the surrounding Jacksonville area, over 300,000 people – equal to about 16 percent of the 17-county Northeast Florida region – sought help from area food pantries and meal-service programs in 2013. 84 percent of them did not know where they would find their next meal. About 79 percent sometimes ate food after its expiration date, watered down food or drinks, grew food in a garden or pawned or sold personal property to get enough food for their families. Some of the people waiting in food lines and going to food banks and pantries have had to make hard choices: put gasoline in their vehicle to get to work or find a job, or put food on the table, or buy needed medication. This is in our own backyard, our neighbors.
Foodies Care is looking to open our first Community Café in Jacksonville. Please help Foodies Care change the face of hunger and make a donation today!