Hunger is a very real problem in our country, and affects many more people than you think. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people struggle with finding meals each day. Utilizing food pantries and other forms of assistance is sometimes the only way they can eat.
Poverty doesn’t always indicate a need for food assistance, but it is often a sign. The most recent census stats estimate almost 12% of the citizens in Fairfield County are considered to be below the poverty level. While it’s below the nationwide average of 15%, it still means about 15,000 people living around us are affected.
Yes, right here, in our hometown of Lancaster, there are many people who need help. Bremen, Pleasantville, Baltimore, and many more of the towns in Fairfield County all have citizens who could use some assistance with meals each day. It is because of the large number of people who struggle that we want to give back this September.
We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items at our Lancaster office this month, and distributing them to a few food pantries across Fairfield County. We hop that you’ll consider giving, as we support Foundation Dinners and the Fairfield County Food Pantry.
Foundation Dinners is located on Fifth Avenue, right here in Lancaster. Besides serving a meal every evening, they also offer counseling to those who need help finding jobs. They are run almost entirely by volunteers, with over 200 people helping them cook, serve, and clean each month.
The Fairfield County Food Pantry is run by Lutheran Social Services, who operates food and housing shelters across 27 Ohio counties. In 2014, they served over 2 million meals across Ohio!
We are excited to be able to help our community in any way, and we hope you can join us! Drop off your non-perishable food items at our office between now and the end of September. Together, let’s take a step forward in ending hunger in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, and the United States.