1 in 6 people in the Mahoning Valley faces hunger.
Right here in the Mahoning Valley, too many seniors, families and children continue to struggle with hunger every day. Unemployment, underemployment, low wages, and rising utilities, medicine, gas and food costs often make it difficult for many families to make ends meet. Although the economy is slowly recovering in our area, our pantries are still seeing more individuals and families who were once stable and are now asking for help to put food on their tables.
To help those who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table in our community, the Food Bank distributed over 11.5 million pounds of food to hunger-relief agencies in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in 2019. These pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after-school programs currently fulfill nearly 11,000 requests for food assistance each week.
Of those provided food by one of the Food Bank’s member agencies, 30% were children and 24% were seniors. In fact, almost 30,000 children in the tri-county area are at risk for hunger--that's 1 in 4 children in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties who may not know where their next meal is coming from (Map the Meal Gap 2019).
Feeding America has conducted studies that highlight the compromises and coping strategies that hungry families visiting pantries face.