Hunger is a very real issue for many in our community. Everyday, many individuals struggle just to satisfy their basic needs. Often times, children may go without food accept for what they are able to get at school. Working parents may go hungry sacrificing meals so they have something for their children to eat. Many elderly and disabled are on fixed incomes and sometimes have to do without until their next check. These are all hidden truths and a dim reality that goes ignored much too often.
49 million (nearly 1 in 6) Americans now live in hunger or on the edge of hunger, including more than 16 million (nearly 1 in 5) children.
In Florida alone, 3.1 million people live in hunger or on the edge of hunger, including more than 1.1 million children.
Food bank distribution in some areas of Florida has increased up to 80% in the last 3 years.
The number of people coming to food banks for assistance in the last few years has increased by 46%.
Helping Hands wants to help fill this gap by ministering to those in need, primarily through food donations, but also through love and compassion as well.