We Owe it to Them

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported that communities across the country counted a total of 49,933 homeless veterans which is 8.6 percent of the homeless population (2015). According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), “Veterans have historically been at greater risk of experiencing homelessness than other U.S. adults.” (USICH, 2013). While the reasons for this are not all related to military service, combat exposure, wartime trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder can cause people to isolate themselves from friends and family and need psychiatric help which USICH describes as primary risk factors for homelessness (2013). Around 10 percent of an

Poverty, Hunger, & Single Parents

The National Commission on Hunger reported that 40% of children in the United States are born to unmarried parents (2015). Among unmarried couples, 69% of pregnancies are unplanned compared to 35% among married couples (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). Children growing up in single parent households (with particular attention to single-mother households) are more likely to experience poverty and the problems related to it than those who grow up in a household headed by a married couple (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). It is common for homes with a single wage-earner to have lower incomes (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). Women with children under 18 earned less than men and w

The Big Picture

The National Commission on Hunger reported that in 2014, 5.6% of American households reported that at least one member had experienced hunger some time during the past year (2015). Between 2007 and 2010 the amount of households that experienced hunger rose from 4.7% to 5.4% and this figure remained the same throughout the economic recovery (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). There are many causes for hunger in America besides income and the availability Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). For example, hunger occurred in 25.5% of households living 130% below the poverty line that applied for and received SNAP benefits for one yea

Coming Soon – New Designs!!!

Photographer Art Work by Kandice Wolf, will be featured in the near future. We say thank you to Kandice Wolf of RabbitHat Pictures of her wonderful photos that she has donated to us!!!

We're in this Together

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) reported that in 2015, sixteen percent of households reported having experienced food hardship (2016). Hunger is often hidden in our communities by families or individuals that do not want to share their economic hardships with their neighbors (Food Research and Action Center, 2016). Many working age adults are unemployed or underemployed making it difficult to maintain a household (Food Research and Action Center, 2016). Hunger does not just affect individuals. Hunger affects the healthcare system, education system, and the economy as well (National Commission on Hunger, 2015). It affects the health of many adults which can reduce worker productivi

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