Every day, thousands of families in our region are constantly burdened with tough choices like – Medicine or food? Lights or dinner? Rent or a meal? That’s why we have to Step Up to the Plate, to fight hunger and help someone take an impossible choice off their plate.
Harvesters and the Kansas City Royals are teaming up to take on the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Cleveland Indians in a friendly competition in an effort to fight hunger in our communities August 18-28. It takes key players at every position to make up a winning team. Support your hometown team by donating today!
Hunger can affect anyone. Many Americans are just one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity. 1 in 8 in the U.S. face hunger today. That’s more than 42 million people, 13 million being kids and 5 million being seniors.
Studies have found that kids who face food insecurity are at higher risk for chronic health conditions and behavioral issues that may hinder their ability to function normally and participate fully in school and other activities.
Oftentimes, people must resort to using coping strategies like watering down food or drinks, purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food, receiving help from friends or selling their personal property in order to meet their food needs.
Seniors face medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. Access to proper nutrition is paramount for maintaining a better quality of life. Food-secure seniors are healthier, better able to fight illnesses and live independently longer.