If you drive through Northern California right now you are met with the sweet smell of walnut, almond and peach tree blossoms greeting the warming Spring sun. It’s hard to imagine anyone living in this area wouldn’t have access to fresh healthy food that they can afford; but that is not the case. The reality is that nearly 1 in 5 families in Northern California don’t have enough resources to eat enough calories per day. The good news is you can help.
Many people think that those who are struggling just aren’t working, or aren’t trying hard enough, but that is not true.
- Of those living in “official” poverty (less than $25,100 a year for a family of 4), 79% of those live in families with one working adult.
- For 55% of those in poverty, at least one family member reported working full-time.
How Does Food Insecurity Affect Kids?
The stress from food insecurity isn't just felt by parents. Kids perceive more than we give them credit for. As much as struggling parents may try to hide their frustrations and challenges with food insecurity from their children, studies show that kids from food insecure homes know what's going on.
Children recognize when parents eat less or skip meals to make sure there is enough food for the kids. They recognize the dwindling food in the cupboards at the end of each month and scraping together what left to make a meal of some kind. Kids even try to help out in their own quiet way, by eating less and going hungry at times to ease the stress of their parents. This has a negative affect on their performance at school; it's hard to learn when you're hungry. There are also potential long-lasting negative affects on their physical and psychological health. At the North State Food Bank, we want to set up kids for success by improving their nutrition and helping families become food secure.
Help Us Bring Fresh Food to Hungry Families
These families push forward in spite of their situation. At Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank we work to feed families in need. We are also committed to reducing food insecurity through multiple programs and collaborations with other community partners. Please lend us a hand by donating today so we can continue helping people and changing lives.
Your gratefully received contributions to the North State Food Bank are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Tax ID#94-1640546.
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Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.