In the 202 years since Allen County was established, a lot of changes and improvements have occurred. Several new city parks have been built, a new Justice Center has opened, and the Dumont Hill Civil War Encampment Park is being developed1. But among all of these efforts to create positive change, the issue of hunger is one that has stayed the same.
According to a Feeding America study, approximately 1 in 7 people living in Allen County (13.5%) are food-insecure. This means that while they might not be going completely without food, they don’t always know when or where that food will come from. To help alleviate this uncertainty, we operate several programs in the county to provide a reliable, consistent source of food for these individuals and their families.
We currently have one partner agency within the county:
True Gospel Fellowship Church
Through this partnership, we are not only able to help individuals and families fill their pantries and tables with various food items, but we also have specific programs that support those in the community who are more vulnerable.
Each month more than 160 seniors are provided with a box of food through the CSFP Program. This government commodities program helps support those who are 60 and older that struggle to meet all of their own needs, usually because of a limited income. In addition, the food pantry provides food to nearly 500 families each month.
We are incredibly grateful to the people of Allen County and all that they are doing to fight hunger in their community. But there is still a lot to be done. Together we can make sure that the state of hunger in Scottsville and the surrounding area improves too.