For many Americans, the summer months are a time to pack up the car and hit the road for a family vacation. An estimated 44.2 million people were expected to travel for the 4th of July holiday alone.1 But while many are making plans to drive across the state, or maybe even the country, thousands of people in our own region can’t even imagine driving across town.
53% of those that we serve report having to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
That’s more than 92,000 people who are faced with a decision each month that many of us take for granted. But the effects of this choice go far beyond not having a summer vacation to look forward to. It makes getting, and keeping, a job harder. It means everyday errands require more effort and planning. And it means more time spent away from their family when they do have to go somewhere.
But our generous donors and dedicated partner agencies are working to make these tough choices less frequent. The assistance they receive is not only putting food on their table, it is also allowing them to focus the resources they do have on other necessities, like transportation.
Everyone faces tough choices in life, but paying for food shouldn’t be one of them. CLICK HERE to help fight hunger today!