Food for Thought

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According to the world UN food organization, there is enough food on earth to feed 12 billion people, yet 27,000 die from starvation every single day.  We are to feed the people and nourish their souls.

Food insecurity is considered being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food.  More than 800 million people live every single day with food insecurity. As of 2014, 48.1 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children.

One out of every five New Jersey families do not earn enough money to afford food, although 85% of these families have at least one working family member.

In 2014, there were 906,735 people participating in the food stamp program in New Jersey, up from 542,424 in 2009, which is an increase of a shocking 67.2%

Below is a list of some of the most food-insecure counties in New Jersey:

  • Essex (150,140 people)
  • Hudson (101,940)
  • Bergen (91, 920)
  • Union (70,940)
  • Middlesex (88,290)
  • Monmouth (64,180)
  • Mercer (45,530)
  • Camden (72,570)
  • Passaic (72,630)

 

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It is time for us to help.  Evans Chiropractic is holding an event in our office on Tuesday, June 28 from 11-2.  We will be making bagged lunches to donate to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (also known as “TASK.”)

TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for the people in need.

TASK was founded in the 1980’s by a group of individuals from local churches and service organizations.  Their goal was to feed Trenton residents in need five days a week. Every week, volunteers help the staff at TASK serve more than 4,800 meals.

If you are unable to make our event, we are accepting donations of the items that we need to make these lunches.  Below is a list of items you may donate if you are able to:

  • Bread
  • Juice boxes
  • Small bottles of water
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Brown, paper bags
  • Napkins
  • Baked goods (muffins, banana bread, etc.)

All are welcome to attend to help make lunches. If you have any questions about this event, please give us a call at the office (609-586-9199)

 

Sources:

  1. Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America and Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 2014
  2. Gundersen, C., E. Engelhard, A. Satoh, & E. Waxman. Map the Meal Gap 2014: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2014.
  3. Hunger in New Jersey: http://rah.rutgers.edu/hunger-new-jersey
  4. Poverty Research Institute, 2011
  5. Trenton Soup Kitchen http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org

 

Written by Olivia Santoro, Office Manager

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