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The Full Plate Project: How You Can Be a Hunger Hero

Apr 26, 2022 | Blog

In Broome County, 1 in 8 families face food insecurity, often having to choose between buying groceries or paying rent. After rent,¬†utilities, child care, transportation, health care expenses, and other bills, there’s often too little for healthy meals. That’s why United Way of Broome County launched The Full Plate Project so that no child, adult, or family is denied the most basic need to eat.

 

What is Food Insecurity?

The term “food insecure” refers to individuals who don’t get enough healthy food on a regular basis. For thousands of people in Broome County, food insecurity means:

  • Not knowing where the next meal is coming from
  • Skipping meals or reducing portions
  • Missing out on more expensive fresh produce and other healthy options
  • Shopping at a convenience store because there are no nearby supermarkets
  • Spending hours walking, driving, or taking public transport to reach the nearest grocery store
  • Choosing between paying rent, going to the doctor, or buying food for their family

 

What is United Way of Broome County doing to tackle food insecurity?

With our resources, partnerships, and ability to convene people from across the community, United Way of Broome County is uniquely equipped to solve the complex challenge of food insecurity. From mobile food pantries to health education that helps families cook healthy and affordable meals, we find creative, locally-based solutions to help communities narrow the food gap. With our community partners, we’re creating opportunities for families to eat fresher, healthier foods on a budget.

Our impact-driven solutions include:

  • Food delivery, communal meals, and other nutrition programs for senior citizens
  • After-school meals and summer lunch programs for children and youth
  • Community gardens and farmers’ markets that increase access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables
  • Mobile food pantries serving food deserts that lack local grocery stores
  • Comprehensive information on local food resources shared through 211

 

Healthy families mean healthy communities. From mobile food pantries to health education that helps families cook healthy and affordable meals, United Way of Broome County is finding creative solutions to help communities narrow the food gap. Join The Full Plate Project so that no child, adult, or family goes hungry. Donate today, and 100% of your contribution to this initiative will go to food insecurity programs.

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