Right here in the Mahoning Valley, too many seniors, families and children continue to struggle with hunger every day. Unemployment, underemployment, low wages, and rising utilities, gas and food costs often make it difficult for many families to make ends meet. Although the economy is slowly recovering in our area, our pantries are still seeing more individuals and families who were once stable and are now asking for help to put food on their tables.
In 2014, the Food Bank’s member agencies fulfilled 15,000 requests for emergency food assistance each week. More than 31,000 children in the tri-county area live in poverty. And according to the Ohio Department of Education, 53% of the children in the Mahoning Valley are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
To learn more about hunger, visit Hunger Facts from Feeding America.