Today we heard from GailKoford of InterParish Ministry which is based in Newtown, Ohio and also has a location in Batavia, Ohio.
Gail shared the following interesting facts:
1 in 6 people do not get enough food
It is not true that most individuals who struggle with hunger are out of work
More than 17 million children struggle with hunger even in the wake of school lunch programs
36% of households being served by The Feeding America Network have at least 1 working adult
17% of adults interviewed by Feeding America have attended college or technical school
Along with telling several touching stories of help and hope, Gail went on to share that hunger is becoming the new “norm” due to medical issues, rising fuel prices or some kind of unexpected major expenses. Many of those being served are the working poor and middle class families. Our food pantries saw a 30% increase in the numbers served in 2010 and also in 2011. While August and September seem to be the months of most need, the summer months continue to be crucial as well.
In 2011 IPM:
Assisted 120 families with rent, electric or gasoline assistance
40 families were helped a the annual toy store
More than 350 families were assisted at the annual “Adopt a Family” program
867 families were assisted at the Mobile Food Pantry; a very efficient & cost effective delivery method
Gail finished her talk with a brief mention of a forming organization called a “safety net” in Clermont County which will be modeled after a successful project in Norther Kentucky.
Next week we will have our 4 Way Speech Contest