Food Pantry – Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30
Pantry Workers: Rose Cotton, Joyce Young
The North Harnett Food Pantry has been operated from the Kipling United Methodist Church for over 30 years. The Food Pantry is supported from local community churches and individuals desiring to ensure that families who need assistance are provided essential food items. The Pantry has recently been updated with funds donated in memory of Harrison Jones and Kenneth and Hazel Cotton.
In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. According to the USDA more than 17 million children are living in food insecure households. School lunch programs help but they do not solve the problem. According to the USDA limited resources prevent 50 million Americas from getting enough food.
Needs: Peanut Butter, Rice, Canned Vegetables, Canned Meats, Cereal, Jelly, Dried Beans, Canned and Powdered Milk
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Hunger and Poverty Fact Sheet
Poverty Statistics in the United States[i]
Hunger in America
Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.
- Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
- The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
- According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2019.
- Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10 million children live in food-insecure households.
- Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger including rural and suburban communities.
- Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
- The rates of food insecurity are much higher for African American, Latino, and Native American families because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities.
For more information on hunger in American click on this link: http://feedingamerica.org/