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PFEC Responds to Community Food Insecurity
Background: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hunger and undernutrition. A major factor contributing to this problem is food insecurity. This condition exists when people lack sustainable physical or economic access to enough safe, nutritious, and socially acceptable food for a healthy and productive life. Food insecurity may be chronic, seasonal, or temporary, and it may occur at the household, regional, or national level. In the USA in 2007, 36.2 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 12.4 million children. The lack of access to high quality fresh produce has been identified as one of the leading causes of the obesity epidemic among the poor.
Montgomery County, PA is one of America’s the most affluent places to live. However, more than 20% of the counties’ residents are at risk for hunger. The high cost of housing, health care and utilities coupled with the recent economic decline, make it hard for many of our neighbors to put quality food on the table.
Pennypack Farm’s Food Donation Program:
We donate fresh produce to local food pantries. These pantries have included Loaves and Fishes at the Jenkintown United Methodist Church, Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard and Manna on Main Street.
Reports from the Food Cupboards indicate that the food is well received, especially by families of Italian and African American descent. Family members are now becoming accustomed to receiving fresh vegetables and are sharing favorite recipes. Food pantry workers are looking up recipes for unusual vegetables and have planned cooking demonstrations.
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