Poverty and food insecurity are problems across the United States, problems that food banks are working to address. Nationally, 1 in 6 children go to bed hungry or at risk of hunger. The national average monthly cost to feed a family of 4 is $850, which is 1/3 of a families’ income if they are living in poverty.
Here in Greeley, we have the highest poverty rate in the state at 21.7%. Additionally, 36.2% of Greeley children under age 18 live in poverty. Overall in Weld County, 12% of our residents live in poverty and we have 14.6% of children under 18 living in poverty, compared with 16% of people 65 years old and over. In Weld County 9% of all families and 28% of families with a single mother have incomes below the poverty level (American community Survey, 2005).
As high as these statistics may seem, they most likely do not represent the full scope of the problem. There are many families who are not living in poverty as defined by the government, but their incomes are likely inadequate to comfortably feed their families. In Weld County, the annual self-sufficiency income needed for a family of 4 to live without public or private assistance is $42,321. The average yearly income of a Weld Food Bank client is $13,640.
This is where Weld Food Bank comes in. We are here to help those who are in need of food assistance. With the help of volunteers we work tirelessly to serve struggling families, the working poor, the homeless, or any resident in need!