September is Feeding America’s annual Hunger Action Month. It’s a time to take action and raise awareness of hunger in the United States. River Bend Food Bank invites you to learn more about hunger in our region and do what you can to make sure no one goes hungry in our community.
For over 100,000 people in the 23 counties that River Bend Food Bank serves, meals aren’t a choice of what food to eat. Instead, every day, families and seniors in our community are making impossible choices between food and other necessities like medical bills, gas, or utilities.
FACTS ABOUT HUNGER
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
- 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 7 children are missing meals in our 23-county service area
- Need in River Bend Food Bank’s service area has remained high since 2020, with the largest number of people experiencing hunger since the 2008 recession
- 104,850 people, including 32,080 children experience food insecurity in the 23 counties River Bend Food Bank serves
Learn more about hunger in our region with Feeding America’s information on Hunger & Poverty in the United States