In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 5 residents in our service area, hunger is a reality. Many people believe the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger, even though we might not be aware of it.
These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. Most of us simply have no idea. It's time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America.
Our total service area includes four of the country's poorest counties, according to the US Census Bureau. They are McDowell and Mingo Counties in West Virginia and Lawrence and Martin Counties in Kentucky.