One in six Americans is food insecure...
...that is, lacking in consistent access to enough food for active healthy living. The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank serves as one of 200 food banks affiliated with Feeding America and working to solve our nation's problem with hunger. Every week, over 3,100 different people receive emergency food provided through the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. This figure does not include people receiving meals or snacks through senior centers, day care facilities or after-school programs.
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Hunger in the Region
Wichita Falls Area Faces 6.9 Million Meal Gap. A new report from Feeding America shows that finding food is a struggle for nearly 39,050 for our 12 county service area, many of whom do not qualify for government assistance programs. An estimated 9.8 million meals are needed annually to meet their needs. In the last three years, we have reduced this meal gap by 3.83 million meals and we are currently forecasting 3.7 million meals which will significantly reduce the meal gap.
According to Map the Meal Gap, a 2012 county-by-county analysis of food insecurity, more than one in six individuals in the region is food insecure – that is, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy life. Additionally almost one in four children are also food insecure.
Of the region’s food insecure, 35% live above the income threshold for government assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp program) has even more stringent income guidelines, barring individuals living above 165% of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of three with an annual income over $22,332 is ineligible for SNAP benefits.
Until now, the Food Bank has been limited to identifying hunger solely through its root cause – poverty. But the Map the Meal Gap estimates take into account additional factors like unemployment, local cost of food, and perceived food-budget shortfalls. According to Feeding America, the extent of unemployment in a county was a stronger predictor of food insecurity than poverty.
The Food Bank and over 200 partner agencies face significant challenges ahead in delivering the 9.8 million meals called for each year to meet the need. As the Food Bank explores new and unique ways to obtain more food for distribution, we are grateful to a responsive community and the many individuals and organizations who keep our mission alive.
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Your Hunger Story
Your Hunger Story is an essential instrument in the fight against hunger and its causes. If you do not know what to write about, you could share a memorable story of yours with any of the following issues -
accessing emergency food
losing your job in this tough economy, having trouble making ends meet
working for wages that don’t support your family
difficulty with medical bills, difficulty affording rent
a memorable experience you had as a Wichita Falls Area Food Bank advocate or volunteer
or another topic you may have that has to deal with hunger