While the holidays are happy, busy times filled with family and food for many individuals, they may also be filled with anxiety and stress for individuals afflicted with food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. This is a real and everyday problem for many Americans and St. Louisans. Around 13% of American households are considered to be food insecure, while almost 18% of resident households in St. Louis City are considered to be food insecure.
There are several assistance programs and food pantries that try to relieve the stress that food insecurity puts on the individuals, but typically the need for assistance exceeds the abilities of the program or pantry. However, there are a couple ways you can help. The first way is to simply donate non-perishable food items to your area food pantry. This way you are helping give area families food for the month. The second way is to volunteer at a soup kitchen. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is an excellent resource to use if you are interested in volunteering. So whether you have time to volunteer or are able to donate some food items, every little bit helps those in need. Don't let individuals go hungry!