Archive for October 31, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

As you celebrate Thanksgiving, our annual national celebration of Food and Football, and as you remember the things for which you are Thankful, please know how much we are thankful for this community of folks in Marion County who support this ministry through their generosity of time, talent and treasure, and we are thankful for our tireless Volunteers who make this ministry happen.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Hunger in Rural America

Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally lower than urban households, but slightly higher than the national average. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers.

Challenges facing rural areas differ from metro/urban areas in several significant ways [i]:

  • Employment is more concentrated in low-wage industries;
  • Unemployment and underemployment are greater;
  • Education levels are lower;
  • Work-support services, such as flexible and affordable child care and public transportation, are less available;
  • The rural marketplace offers less access to communication and transportation networks[ii]; and
  • Offers companies less access to activities that foster administration, research and development.

Rural Hunger Facts

  • 17 percent of rural households are food insecure, or an estimated 3.3 million households[iii].
  • 54 percent of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity (those in the top ten percent) are in rural areas. Rural areas also account for 62 percent of counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity. For sake of comparison, 43 percent of all counties are rural. In contrast, 22 percent of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are metropolitan, as are 13 percent of counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity. Thirty-seven percent of all counties are metropolitan.[iv]
  • 8.2 million Americans (17%) living in rural areas live below the federal poverty line.[v]
  • Compared to all regions, the South continues to have the highest poverty rate among people in families living in rural areas (23%) [vi].
  • 46 percent of people in families with a single female head of household living in rural areas were poor in 2014, as compared to 37 percent in the suburbs.[vii]

[i] USDA. Economic Research Service. Leslie A. Whitener, R. Gibbs, and L. Kusmin. Rural Welfare Reform: Lessons Learned. Amber Waves. June 2003.

[ii] USDA. Economic Research Service. Robert Gibbs, L. Kusmin. Low-Skill Employment and the Changing Economy of Rural America. ERR-10. October 2005.

[iii] Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2015). Household Food Security in the United States in 2014. Table 2. USDA ERS.

For the purposes of this summary, we have relabeled the designation “Outside metropolitan area” included in the USDA ERS and Census Bureau reports as “rural.” It should be noted that this differs from the term “rural” as it is used to describe the county-specific results as part of Map the Meal Gap 2015. “Outside metropolitan area” includes micropolitan statistical areas as well as territory outside of both metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas; for county-specific results in MMG, however, “rural” refers to those counties that are neither metropolitan nor micropolitan.

[iv] Gundersen, C., A. Satoh, A. Dewey, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2014: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2015.

[v] DeNavas-Walt, C. & Proctor, B.D. (2015). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014. U.S. Census Bureau.

[vi] U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Survey. 2014 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. POV43: Region, Divison and Type of Residence-Poverty Status for People in Families With Related Children Under 18 by Family Structure: 2014. Below 100% of Poverty-All Races.

[vii] Ibid.

Box Filling Pizza Party

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving has always been the busiest day of the year for our food bank. For example in 2014, we had 120 of our neighbors come in for food and 171 boxes were given to neighbors. If that wasn’t busy enough we enrolled 8 new neighbor families.

The volunteers filling boxes did a great job but they were exhausted trying to keep up with the demand.

This year we want to hold a BOX FILLING PIZZA PARTY on the Monday before Thanksgiving with the goal of having 200 boxes filled awaiting distribution.

On Monday, November 23 at 10am we will need volunteers to help fill these boxes. As an incentive, we will provide pizzas for lunch.

if you can help, please let Gary or Ginger (228-9004) by clicking the link below:

Yes, I can help fill boxes on Monday, November 23 from 10am until noon…

Community Service Opportunity

STUDENTS:

DO YOU NEED TO SATISFY YOUR
COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT?

Marion County Community Ministries can help you meet your Community Service Requirement.

Our services include the Marion County Food Bank and Good Neighbors.
Within these services, we are always in need of volunteers to assist with:

  • Preparation of boxes of food for distribution
  • Stocking shelves with food provided by donations and purchase
  • Unloading trucks of donations and purchases
  • Computer entry

If you are interested in helping us, please send your name and phone number to one of the following email addresses:

MsgWebb@charter.net

TwoDBeck@charter.net

Thank you! Thank you!

To the anonymous person or persons who cleaned thoroughly the client and work areas of the Food Bank and Good Neighbors facility. THANK YOU!

The building looks sensational. Please let us know who you are so we can properly acknowledge you in the newsletter.

Gary and Ginger

Monthly Results for October 2015