Why We Should Care
Did you know that 1 in 4 Mississippians don’t have enough to eat and 1 in 4 children in our state go to bed hungry almost every night? Nationwide, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. You can check your state and even county statistics at FeedingAmerica.org.
Food pantries are seeing more people depending on them to supplement their food supplies (from The Journal of Hunger and Enviornmental Nutrition, June 2013 issue). This same journal shows that the more food-insecure that people are, the higher their body weight (January 2013 issue).
A few weeks ago, I shared that The Daniel Plan was helping me to make better food choices for my family, and as a result, I questioned what types of food we should be donating to food pantries.
It is hard to pass up foods we get for free with sales and coupons, even if they have high sugar or sodium content. But according to these statistics, we should be concerned about what we are donating. These foods can both ease the hunger of our neighbors and improve the health of our communities.
Food Pantry Preferences
I talked to several local food pantries, and as expected, each food pantry is different. But they were the same in that all pantries wanted to provide nutritious food for their clients.