Hunger in the Mahoning Valley

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 a record 10.6 million pounds of food to hunger-relief agencies in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in 2017. These pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after-school programs currently fulfill nearly 15,000 requests for food assistance each week.

Feeding America’s national study, Hunger in America 2014, highlighted some of the struggles the families visiting our pantries face:

  • 78% had to choose between food and utilities;

  • 74% had to choose between food and medical care;

  • 71% had to choose between food and transportation;

  • 57% had to choose between food and housing;

  • 92% live in food insecure households.

Of those provided food by one of the Food Bank’s member agencies, 31% were children and 21% 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 2017).

IF YOU are in need of food dial 211 or call in
Columbiana & Mahoning Counties: (330) 747-2696; Trumbull County: (330) 393-1565

The Food Bank's mission is to solicit, store, and distribute food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and to provide education and advocacy. We believe that no one should go hungry, and we are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

So no one goes hungry.

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