Hunger is Everywhere
Today, hunger is everywhere – whether in the city, suburbs, or even the rural areas. The basic need of food is one of the critical problems that exist in Deschutes County. According to Feeding America’s 2011 Meal Gap Study, Oregon has the nation’s highest rate of “child food insecurity.” About 252,000 kids – or nearly 30% of the state’s youth – don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The Giving Plate is experiencing a 35-40% rate of kids needing food. Deschutes County still maintains a high unemployment rate of 4.2%, which is just over the national unemployment rate of 4.1% (as of January 2018).
People with low incomes wrestle over buying food, or medicine, or putting gas in their cars (if they have a car). They wrestle over buying school supplies or milk or keeping the phone on. Kids who do homework online may not be able to if parents have to make a decision between food or the internet. Children need nutritious food in order to be able to concentrate and succeed in school without the pangs of hunger on their minds.
Six million elderly are not getting the nutrition they need. They may be home bound, in which case they are unable to get food. It is a community’s responsibility to take care of their elderly.
Taking part in relieving these situations is what The Giving Plate is all about. We are not just providing food, but offering piece of mind to our guests and allowing them to focus their resources on more than just their next meal.