What Is SNAP and Are You Eligible?

Food is a basic need that millions of Americans struggle to afford. Oftentimes, people face hardships that could strike any of us, such as a family health emergency or an involuntary cutback in work hours, and could benefit from receiving some support to make ends meet. 

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Westchester Residents Give Back

In any area that’s known for its strong sense of community, there are local residents who get involved in making it a great place to live because they care about their town. Research shows that giving back to your community not only improves the lives of others and makes that area a better place to live, but it also enhances your mood. In fact, altruism is connected to positive physical and psychological effects that include increased feelings of happiness, increased self-esteem, lower blood pressure, reduced incidence of depression and lower stress levels.

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4 Causes of Food Insecurity and How Feeding Westchester Can Help

In every corner of America today, families are experiencing food insecurity. Defined as the inability to consistently afford enough food for a healthy life, food insecurity affects more than 37 million people. The struggle against hunger affects people in rural areas more predominantly, and the food insecurity rate is also significantly higher in households with children — with nearly 14 percent of families with children facing hunger, versus households without children at about 10 percent. Let’s take a look at four major causes of food insecurity. 

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How the Mobile Food Pantry is Helping to Fight Hunger

When most people think about the ways that we fight hunger in our communities, one thing that comes to mind is their local food pantry — and for good reason. Food pantries are essential in the fight against hunger for the nearly 40 million Americans facing food insecurity, and increasingly, they’re becoming mobile entities. In fact, of the 200 food banks in the Feeding America network, 170 had already set up mobile counterparts by 2016. Just as a traditional food pantry is a distribution center that delivers food directly to those in need, think of a mobile food pantry as having the same benefits and goals — only it’s on wheels.

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Improving Food Security for Seasonal Workers

Seasonal workers help businesses thrive during their busiest times of the year, and there may be more temp workers out there than you’d think. Seasonal workers are filling roles in a variety of industries including the auto industry, holiday season retail, and food production (such as farm workers hired during peak crop-picking season, or bakery team members hired to assist with holiday orders). Even in the world of academia, professors with advanced degrees are sometimes hired as temp workers. 

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What is a Mobile Food Pantry?

Food pantries are vital lifelines in the fight against hunger across America. Increasingly, pantries have been going mobile to deliver healthy food directly to areas that have high levels of need. So just what is a mobile food pantry, and how does it work? 

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Hunger Relief Efforts Around the World

Did you know the world already produces more than 1.5 times enough food to feed everyone on the planet? That’s enough food to feed 10 billion people. Despite the fact that global overall food scarcity isn’t a problem, hunger is a major issue around the world. People face food insecurity in every part of the globe, with data indicating that more than 820 million people—which equates to 11 percent of the world’s population—go hungry each year. 

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Hunger Relief: How to Feed Your Family

Food insecurity can become a problem for people from all walks of life. Unforeseen life circumstances can take a toll on family finances and result in a lack of financial resources for food and the need for temporary hunger relief. If you’re having a hard time feeding your family consistently, know that you’re not alone. Last year, an estimated 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure—which translates to more than 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children. If you and your family aren’t getting all of the nourishment it needs to thrive, here are four ways you can find hunger relief: 

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5 Surprising Facts About Hunger on Military Bases

We're feeling grateful for all of the military service members who have put on their uniforms to protect the values the United States was built on. In honoring our military, we’d also like to explore an important topic that’s not discussed enough: food insecurity among our current military members and veterans, as well as their families. 

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What Is Food Insecurity?

You may have heard the term food insecurity before, but what exactly does it mean? Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It occurs when there’s a lack of available financial resources for food in a given household. The range of household food access is organized into four categories—from high food security, meaning households that have no problem consistently accessing adequate food, to very low food security, meaning that food patterns are disrupted and food intake is reduced at various times due to lack of money and resources.

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