The Hunger Next Door
Feed More is dedicated to feeding our neighbors who are food insecure across 29 counties and five cities. There is a lot of need in Central Virginia – 1 out of every 9 individuals in our service area is food insecure, meaning that more than 165,000 of our neighbors face hunger. And of that, more than 50,500, or 1 in 6 children, are not eating enough. Where there is need, we are here to help those in need.
The face of hunger isn’t what you think. These are our neighbors working one or more jobs and are still living paycheck to paycheck. When an unexpected medical expense or car trouble hits, their savings are depleted. Then they’re forced to make tough choices between basic necessities – pay the electricity bill or buy healthy groceries for themselves and their families.
Feed More’s clients are largely the working poor who come to seek our assistance in emergency situations. Their need is typically episodic – 70% of our clients visit one of our agencies 8 times or less a year. Our clients are diverse – we serve rural and urban, seniors and children and those homebound with disabilities or inadequate access to food. We also distribute food through more than 250 nonprofit and community partners including food pantries, soup kitchens, group homes and other community sites in order to reach as many food insecure individuals as possible.
These are our neighbors that need our collective help.