71% of the people we serve live in poverty. Nearly half of them have had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities, rent, mortgage or medical care.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be participating in the Hunger in America Study 2014, led by Feeding America, and we need your help. The data gathered during these nationwide surveys is a crucial part in helping to better understand food insecurity across America and right here in Western Mass.
The last study took place in 2010 when more than 61,000 interviews with clients and surveys of 37,000 feeding agencies revealed that hunger was increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. With results of the 2010 study, the Feeding America network was able to assist an additional 12 million clients and better understand hunger across the country.
This is the only large-scale, national survey of its kind that captures the real-life experiences of people who struggle to make ends meet. By capturing these experiences, we’re able to give a voice to people who might not have a voice, and sharing their struggles with hunger in a country that has the resources to eradicate it forever.
And you can help. From April through August, you will work alongside other dedicated volunteers surveying pantry and meal site clients using tablet computers provided by Feeding America.
If you would like to be a part of Hunger in America 2014 and join our team, please email Erin Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t do it without your support. Sign up here.
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