A state of food insecurity occurs when there is uncertainty about future food availability and access, insufficiency in the amount and kind of food required for a healthy diet, or the need to use socially unacceptable means to acquire food because of resource or physical constraint. – World Health Organization
The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon recognizes that almost 14.8 percent of West Virginians struggle with food insecurity on a consistent basis. Food insecurity is often linked with anxiety and depression for both children and adults. Dependence on free school feeding programs leaves children extremely vulnerable on weekends and during summer months. Older adults are often forced to choose between purchasing food or needed medications.
Our Foundation supports programs and services that address such challenges in our communities including, but not limited to:
- Medically Tailored Food Boxes
- After-School and Summer Feeding Programs
- Weekend Backpack Programs
- Strengthening Food Bank and Food Pantry Networks
- Clinical Screening for Food Insecurity