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A brief overview of hunger in Westchester County NY-- an introductory talk to a middle school church school group

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  • What happens to kids on free lunch programs during the summer?

    Congress does not set aside funds for every eligible individual to participate in program– they authorize a specific amount of funding EACH YEAR


  • To receive SNAP: ~$23, 800 per year for a family of 3
  • Hunger in america

    1. 1. Hunger in America Hunger in Westchester
    2. 2. POVERTY = HUNGER Poverty in the suburbs is rising at a more rapid pace than in cities or rural communities
    3. 3. Hunger in United States Households
    4. 4. Government help: 3 programs  All have income requirements SNAP: food stamp program Helps about 40,000,000 Americans Must fall at or below ~$23, 800 per year for a family of 3 (2010) “Benefits, adjusted for income, are loaded monthly onto a government-issued debit card. Recipients say the money typically lasts a little more than two weeks.” (New York Times, September 2013)
    5. 5. WIC: Special Supplemental; Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children • Infants & children up to age 5 at nutrition risk; women who are pregnant, have just given birth or are breastfeeding • Must fall at or below $40, 793 for family of 4 (2010) National School Lunch Program: free or reduced price • Reduced price: ~40 cents Breakfast programs The other 2 federal programs
    6. 6. Hunger in Westchester The Food Bank for Westchester estimates that around 200,000 Westchester County residents -- about 1 in 5 in the population -- are hungry or at risk of hunger. Half of them seek emergency food regularly. The other half seek it sporadically.
    7. 7. A few factoids Yorktown Population: 36,081 In 2012, Median household income in Yorktown: $94,762 1.2% live in poverty Hunger in Westchester *Median income is the amount that divides the income distribution into two equal groups, half having income above that amount, and half having income below that amount. $94,762
    8. 8. • 1/3 of the members of households served by the Food Bank for Westchester are children under 18 years old • 8% are children age 0 to 5 years (16,000) (The number of all kids in school in Yorktown, Somers, & Lakeland= 13,246) • 58% are female • 51% are seniors whose fixed incomes cannot keep pace with rising costs • 41% of households include at least one employed adult • 66% have incomes below the federal poverty level during the previous month • 1% are homeless Hunger in Westchester
    9. 9. - A single mom with 2 kids, Marie has a good job as an administrative assistant at a major corporation in Westchester. At least once a month, Marie visits the White Plains food pantry to collect three bags of groceries that will help bridge the gap after paying her rent and utilities and her next paycheck. - Although he is a student at the top of his class, Joey’s parents have enrolled him in remedial summer school. Why? Because the program offers a free hot lunch, a meal that his parents simply can’t provide because they have to pay for utilities instead. They know in time their incomes will increase, hopefully higher than taxes and basic expenses, but right now they are barely able to keep their heads above water. - Since his wife passed away three years ago, Bill has lived alone on a fixed income. Because his diabetes medication is so expensive, Bill relies on a senior lunch program for his main meal of the day. He also collects a bag of groceries from the food pantry once a month. He especially likes the fresh produce. Some examples of people the Food Bank for Westchester helps Hunger in Westchester
    10. 10. Free or reduced price lunch: Yorktown: 3700 students; 4% free or reduced lunch= 148 students Lakeland Schools: 6128 students; 12% free or reduced price lunch= 745 Somers Schools: 3418 students; 5% free lunch=171 Hunger in Westchester Where we live A student is eligible to receive free meals if he or she is in foster care or Head Start, homeless or migrant living in a household participating in a federal hunger relief program
    11. 11. = 11 Somers: 171 out of 3418
    12. 12. = 11 Yorktown 148 of 3700
    13. 13. = 22 Lakeland: 745 of 6128
    14. 14. 81,400 people annually 14,800 people per week In Westchester County
    15. 15. Are you hungry?
    16. 16. Our Food Pantry 2nd & 4th Saturday each month Bag 1 & Bag 2
    17. 17. Yorktown Food Pantry statistics
    18. 18. Yorktown Food Pantry Statistics
    19. 19. What does hunger feel like?

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