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Five Myths About Hunger*

Help debunk these common hunger myths.

February 14, 2018
by Allison Weber

Hunger can be hard to spot in America. You can’t always see it—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Our country is affluent by global standards, yet there are families in every county in the U.S. who can’t afford to stock their cupboards with the food they need.

If we can debunk these five myths about hunger, we can help raise awareness of the problem and loosen its grasp on people in need:

 

#1 

MYTH: There’s a hunger crisis in other parts of the world—not in America.

FACT: More than 41 million people face hunger in the United States. That’s more people than the entire population of Canada. And it means that across our nation, people simply can’t make ends meet. High housing costs, rising food prices and unexpected expenses have left millions unable to stretch their dollars far enough. Sometimes they can put a warm meal on the table after a long day—and sometimes they go to bed hungry.

#2

MYTH: People who face hunger in America are typically homeless and unemployed.
FACT: Most of the households we serve are not homeless, and they have at least one working adult. In homes across the nation, there are people like Claudia who wake up with the sun and turn out the lights late. They’re working nearly every day, giving back to their community and raising a family. Even though they’re pinching pennies, they struggle to fill their plates with the food they need to keep going.

#3 

MYTH: Hunger is most frequently found in cities.

FACT: Hunger is common in rural areas—including some of the farming communities that grow America’s crops. Seventy-five percent of the counties with the highest hunger rates in America are in rural areas. Limited access to jobs, transportation and education make it tough to earn a living in remote areas like rural Alaska. Some are forced to choose between paying for groceries or other essentials like heat. This is an especially difficult choice for parents during the winter, and it’s all too common.

#4 

MYTH: Food waste and hunger are different problems with different solutions.

FACT: By reducing food waste in America, we can also help reduce hunger. Seventy-two billion pounds of good food goes to waste each year in America, while at the same time, 41 million people struggle with hunger. Feeding America works with food companies, farmers and other generous partners to rescue more than 3 billion pounds of food each year and help deliver it to families in need. We believe that rescuing food from going to waste is critical to solving the hunger problem in our country.

#5 

MYTH: I can’t do much to help overcome challenges like hunger and food waste.

FACT: Individual actions add up to make a significant impact. There are many ways you can help fight hunger.

  • Contribute to MCCM Food Bank:

 

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* http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/five-myths-about-hunger.html

Monthly Results for March 2018

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting

CAFB2

Reporting

Adults 999 772
Children 385 290
Families 498 387
Boxes 690 N/A
Total Active Clients 1237 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 2044 N/A
New Clients This Month 17 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.374% N/A

 

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
50 3575.60

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 3045.00
Gas 251.47
Water 279.13

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Griffith Creek Utility District 41.47
Jasper Water and Sewer 209.13
Marion Natural Gas 210.00
SVEC 3045.00
Tennessee American Water (Whitwell Water) 70.00

 

Monthly Results for February 2018

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting
CAFB2

Reporting
Adults 929 733
Children 331 279
Families 472 372
Boxes 633 N/A
Total Active Clients 1246 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 2019 N/A
New Clients This Month 18 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.445% N/A

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
59 4093.95

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 3603.41
Gas 150.00
Kerosene 70.00
Propane 70.00
Water 200.54

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Castle Grocery 70.00
EPB 280.00
Jasper Water and Sewer 43.52
Marion Natural Gas 150.00
Smiths Hardware 70.00
SVEC 3323.41
Tennessee American Water (Whitwell Water) 70.87
Tracy City Public Utility 86.15

Hunger in America

Facts about poverty and hunger in America1

Even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America. In 2016:

  • 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. In 2015, 5.4 million seniors struggled to afford enough to eat.
  • A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
  • Households with children were more likely to be food insecure than those without children
  • 59% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the major federal food assistance program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (often called WIC)

1http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-and-poverty-facts.html

Monthly Results for January 2018

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting

CAFB2

Reporting

Adults 1076 854
Children 473 368
Families 536 424
Boxes 767 N/A
Total Active Clients 1233 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 2012 N/A
New Clients This Month 20 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.622% N/A

 

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

 

 

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
47 3266.56

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 2660.00
Gas 280.00
Kerosene 70.00
Water 256.56

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Castle Grocery 70.00
EPB 140.00
Jasper Water and Sewer 209.13
Marion Natural Gas 280.00
SVEC 2520.00
Tracy City Public Utility 47.43

 

 

Year-to-date Food Bank Results
Year-to-date Good Neighbors Results

MCCM Unsung Heroes

What do Sandy Webb, Glen Boren, Steve Bennett, Raymond Graham, Johnny Grimes, and Derrald Beck have in common?

They are the seldom-seen volunteers, who do the majority of their hard work on days when the food bank is closed. They drive the truck to pickup food orders at various grocery stores, pickup very large donations from corporate food drives or from stores such as Walmart who donate most every week nearly a ton of food surplus they unload the trucks, and they sort food drives looking for expired items and homemade canned food1.

Stock Room
Fig 1. – Food Bank Stocked Shelves

The most important task this group of unsung heroes does is to restock the shelves. This task involves much more than merely putting cans and boxes on the shelves. They rotate the stock so that the first items in are also the first items out. This prevents us from inadvertently putting an expired item in the boxes .

A second very important task involves maintaining an inventory of the individual items as they stock the shelves in order to ensure as much as possible that, when we are open, there will be enough of each item.

Third, they ensure that the tables in the client area and in the workroom have sufficient filled boxes to meet the initial demand when we open for to assist our neighbors.

Many thanks to our stock crew for all your hard work.
The stock crew/warehouse crew/inventory management crew has one major request of our volunteers:

PLEASE DO NOT RESTOCK THE SHELVES WHEN YOU ARE ON DUTY.

1Good Food-Handling Practices will not allow us to stock canned-at-home items.

Monthly Results for December 2017

 

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting

CAFB2

Reporting

Adults 1155 840
Children 535 385
Families 559 413
Boxes 817 N/A
Total Active Clients 1252 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 1977 N/A
New Clients This Month 19 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.518% N/A

 

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

 

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
31 2075.00

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 1820.00
Gas 140.00
Kerosene 45.00
Water 70.00

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Castle Grocery 45.00
EPB 140.00
Jasper Water and Sewer 70.00
Marion Natural Gas 140.00
SVEC 1680.00

 

Year-to-date Food Bank Results
Year-to-date Good Neighbors Results

Sandy Webb Honored

MCCM’s Sandy Webb, who manages and directs the MCCM food inventory was recently honored by WDEF News 12 and Integrity Chevrolet, as the December 2017 Honoree of their “Do the Right Thing” feature. Each month, WDEF and Integrity honor someone in the Chattanooga Area” that always goes above and beyond, who always does the right thing”.

Sandy Honored

Sandy Webb and Glen Boren, who largely operate behind the scenes, pickup food from food drives anywhere in the county and food orders from local grocery stores. They unload the trucks, stock the shelves, and maintain the inventory.

Whenever MCCM has a special event Sandy will usually be found helping out as well.

Sandy is a Master Sergeant (Retired) in the U. S. Army. When she is not working hard for MCCM Sandy will be found volunteering for the VFW and the American Legion. In addition, she looks after her Mother-in-Law, “Nonie” Webb, whom she affectionately calls “Mom”.

Thank you Sandy for all you do for MCCM and the people of Marion County.

The video clip of the presentation of $500.00 can be seen on the WDEF website by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom.

We Have A New Back Porch!

New Back Porch The porch at our back door was beginning to deteriorate and was rapidly becoming unsafe. Volunteer Bruce Johnson proactively decided to remedy the problem. Enlisting the help of Lawrence Reams, Raymond Biscker, and James Coffelt, they removed the old porch and discovered some foundational and siding dry-rot, which they replaced.

The new porch has a roof to protect from the weather volunteers loading deliveries into the building.

Many thanks to Bruce and his crew for seeing a problem and taking the steps to correct it.

Thank you Marion County Cruisers

MC Cuisers Check Presentation
Left-to-right: Ginger England, Jack Keef, Randy Harper, David Hall, Jeff Keef, Dewayne Pell, George Jackson,  Ronnie Barnett, Derrald Beck,  James “Dooner” Walden, Sam Anderson

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, David Hall, on behalf of the Marion County Cruisers car club, presented a check for $1500 to George Jackson, Treasurer of the Marion County Community Ministries Food Bank. The club has an annual Labor Day Cruise-In, the proceeds from which are used to support their community.