There is a report in USA Today that verifies what we see at Modest Needs day in and day out, and that is that different types of people than ever before don't have or worry about not having enough to eat:
Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity with a network of more than 200 food bank partners, says there is a growing problem with suburban poverty, "where new clients are individuals who have never needed to rely on the charitable food system."
Hunger has been a challenge in the U.S., even when the economy is running on all cylinders.
At the end of the economic boom in 2007, 13 million people or about 11% of all households were considered "food insecure," the official term used by the government to define one's inability to access an adequate amount of nutritious food at times during the year.
"Not everyone who is food insecure is literally going hungry," says Mark Nord, sociologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. "Some are able to head off hunger by reducing the quality and variety of their diets. But if food insecurity is severe or prolonged, it is likely to result in hunger."
We see requests daily from individuals and family who must choose between groceries and car repair, dinner or rent. And typically, these people have long been self-sufficient, never before having to ask for help.
Do you know of friends or family who are food insecure for the first time? Know of any peers or neighbors who need help like never before?
You don't have to wait for them to ask for help. Tell them about Modest Needs.
[Photo by Carly Sheil]