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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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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How to Help Fight Hunger in Your Community

America is one of the richest countries on earth, yet more than 37 million people in our country experienced food insecurity in 2018, according to data from the USDA Economic Research Service. Although states like New Mexico and Texas have the highest percentages of people going hungry, every county in every state has households in which people are struggling to put food on the table every day. Unfortunately, this data indicates that households with children have a substantially higher rate of food insecurity (13.9 percent) than those without children (9.9 percent)—and we know that food insecurity can have a major negative impact on child development and growth. If you’re wondering what you can do to fight hunger in your neighborhood, here are five ways you can help:

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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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4 Small Ways You Can Help End Hunger

Hunger is prevalent throughout America, and it exists right in your community. Fortunately, there are nonprofit organizations dedicated to ending hunger throughout our neighborhoods—from food pantries that assist those in need to nonprofits that work with local retailers to recover food that would otherwise go to waste.

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Hunger in Westchester County

Every day, people across America deal with tough situations that leave them and their families facing hunger. With more than three-quarters of workers across America living paycheck to paycheck, one bad month can be enough to plunge most households into food insecurity. And the truth is that food insecurity is a problem right here in Westchester County, New York. In fact, one in five Westchester residents will face hunger this year. This equates to 200,000 food-insecure individuals, including 60,000 hungry children and 44,000 hungry seniors in our area. 

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