Did you know that while 1 in 6 people in America face hunger, Americans throw away 40 percent of their food? This is worth about $165 billion and could feed 25 million Americans! And while you may remember your parents telling you to clean your plate because there are starving children in Ethiopia let’s remember that there are people starving in our local communities.
Just look at these facts about hunger:
Connecticut: The Connecticut Food Bank reports that there are more than 520,000 people in Connecticut at risk of hunger every year. To see what this means for your town, click on End Hunger Connecticut’s chart to see their data for your town.
Rhode Island According to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Rhode Island now ranks highest for food insecurity in New England, which equates to about 67,000 households in the state.
Massachusetts A 2012 Project Bread report shows that the Massachusetts food insecurity rate has grown by over 43% since the start of the recession in 2008, which is the highest rate recorded in the Commonwealth since 1995.
New York According to the Hunger Action Network of New York State , 40% of New York City residents are having difficulty affording food, a 60% increase since 2003, while 93% of food pantries and soup kitchens in the city have seen an increase in first-time visitors over the past year.
You can help by supporting Webster’s 16th Annual Food Drive
The facts about hunger in our communities are staggering, but we can all do something to make a difference. We welcome you to drop off any non-perishable food items to any Webster banking center between November 12th and December 6th. Each banking center chooses where the food will be donated to in their local community. To find a banking center near you, click here. Thank you for helping us provide food for our neighbors who need it most.