Pantry goers could be you or me
We may think that only the unemployed or homeless use food pantries, but that simply isn’t true, according to Daryl Foriest, director of the Feeding Our Neighbors program at Catholic Charities of New York. “We are seeing increasing numbers of working families, commonly known as the working poor,” Foriest says. And some 90 percent of all seniors were found to be food insecure in 2014, according to feedingamerica.org. Senior citizens living on a Social Security income often have to choose between buying food or paying medical and utility bills.
Fortunes can change in an instant
A layoff, an accident, a long-term illness, or other unexpected event can have a huge impact on a family already struggling to make ends meet. “Seeing so many families in need, especially children, reminds all of us how easily our lives can take a turn for the worse without any notice,” says Foriest. And when a family’s food budget gets slashed, caring about nutrition drops down on the priority scale. Some 79 percent of people buy cheaper food even if it isn’t the healthiest just to make sure to fill the bellies in their family, according to feedingamerica.org. Follow these tips to cut back on food waste in your own home.