People in Montgomery County go hungry, even in a prosperous County like ours. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, 70,000 Montgomery County residents struggle with food insecurity.
Perhaps more alarming 35% of children in Montgomery County Public Schools qualify for free or reduced meals. People who do not know where their next meal will come from are considered, “food insecure”.
In Montgomery County a family of four needs to have a minimum income of $70,000 annually just to get by. When money is tight, families must choose between housing, utilities, health care, transportation and food—all too often food is the last priority after paying these other bills.
People with low incomes and people who are food insecure have higher health risks due to limited access to healthy, affordable foods. They suffer higher rates of chronic illness than the general population.
Poor nutrition leads to higher incidences of diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors, weakened immune systems and a heightened risk for cancer.