Community leaders from Fayette County, in partnership with the United Way and Mid-Ohio Foodbank, met last week for the first in a series of community conversations designed to explore sustainable ways to tackle hunger in our community.
Last year, one in six Ohioans struggled with hunger. In Fayette County, 21.8% of residents live at or below the federal poverty level, and over 19,000 residents are deemed food insecure which means they do not to eat enough food each day to live active healthy lives. These community conversations will bring together a diverse group of organizations, businesses, and residents to examine the strength of the County’s current anti-poverty and hunger-relief efforts and to develop strategies to build on those efforts.
“We know that hunger cannot be solved by just one organization alone, but rather by communities of people and organizations who are committed to making food accessible to all people,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank President & CEO Matt Habash.
“These conversations are about local communities discovering the specific actions that will work best in their specific community to meet the hunger needs of those they serve; and it creates a role for those who want to step in and help.”
“Roughly 40 people attended the first meeting, which was great. The group had very thoughtful input and insight. To my knowledge, this is the first time that all the food pantries and meal providers have sat down together to assess the services in the community. It’s exciting to have everyone working together for the betterment of our community,” said Whitney Gentry, United Way director.
The entire community is invited to participate.