DEFINITIONS (Words we wish we didn’t have to use)
HUNGER is the “uneasy or painful sensation caused by a lack of food; the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to food.”
HUNGER is defined as :a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient; an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food, a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food. m-w.com
FOOD INSECURE means that one is unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Feeding America
Feeding America states:
In 2013 that 15.8% of the population in the United States is food insecure.
In 2013 that 15.6% of the population or 15,380 people in Monongalia County is food insecure.
In 2013 that 16.4% or 2,570 children in Monongalia County is food insecure.
The nutritional services coordinator for the Monongalia County School system states:
33.9% or 4,178 of all Monongalia County students qualify for free or reduced priced meals.
High rates of food insecurity in the following schools during the 2012-2013 academic year:
- 51.87% of the students at Mylan Park Elementary School
- 57.90% of the students at Skyview Elementary School
- 49.66% of the students at Westwood Middle School
- 47.46% of the students at Mason Dixon Elementary School
Many food insecure individuals do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and must rely on charitable food assistance, suggesting that complementary programs and strategies are necessary to reach food insecure individuals at different income levels. 2013 Feeding America Food Insecurity in the U.S.
Feeding America states that an additional $7,613,000 is required in Monongalia County to meet the additional needs of the food insecure population.
2016 Combat Hunger Campaign goal $140,000