-The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
-Household food insecurity has insidious effects on the health and development of young children, including increased hospitalizations, poor health, iron deficiency, developmental risk and behavior problems, primarily aggression, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder.
-The poverty rate in the Worcester Public Schools is so high that more than 95% of students are eligible for reduced or free breakfast & lunch.
-All of those same students are at risk for food insecurity during weekends, holiday & spring breaks as well as summer vacation, when the two meals provided by the school are not available.
-Almost 1/3 of the community members Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition Center feeds are children.
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Hunger is not a moral dilemma. Many people seeking assistance from government programs and food service agencies are not lazy, but are considered 'the working poor', the elderly and children. Many get up and go to work every day, or are unable to work at all, and often have to make a choice between feeding their family or paying a utility bill.
The Jeremiah's Inn Nutrition Center boasts the largest food pantry in Worcester County. With donor support, we are able to provide 50-65 pounds of food to over 10,000 of these very families each year. We are also able to offer dental screenings, grocery store tours and nutrition education to our residents and food pantry clients, at no cost to them.
Thank you for supporting our mission, we could not do this important work without the support of our generous donors and volunteers. ...