Hunger in the USA
CARE AND SHARE SERVICE STATISTICS
In 2017, 40 million people struggled with hunger in the United States. The USDA defines "food insecurity" as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members.
In 2017, an estimated 15 million households were food insecure. 1 in 6 American children may not know where their next meal is coming from.
We at Care and Share Believe:
- Poverty is not a disease. It is a Reality in Our County. Many of your neighbors are facing it.
- The Majority of our Community's residents care about our neighbors
- That THAT Majority can make a difference. That Majority CAN help. We ARE able to feed our neighbors who are hungry
- This organization is doing that RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE, as you read these words
- Because you are even looking at this website, you are concerned about this hunger many neighbors are facing
- If you want to help your neighbor who is facing hunger and whose family they love is facing hunger –- here are the ways you can do exactly that.
According to the USDA, Maine is the sixth-ranked hungriest state in America. Of the 1.3 million people living in Maine, more than 196,000 are meal insecure—that’s almost 16% of the state. Worse, it’s the children who suffer the most. Twenty-one percent of Maine’s youth do not have enough to eat.
The Care and Share Food Closet is a registered hunger relief agency with the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine. Our mission is to feed those who are hungry and to reduce the number of meal insecure within the Greater Farmington Community and throughout western Maine. In 2019 Care and Share distributed ??? tons of groceries to families in need. To support this effort and make a donation, visit our Donations page.