Did you know that people who are hungry and food insecure are also at risk of suffering from chronic diseases? According to the Alliance Against Hunger, hungry people are 2.9 times more likely to be in poor health and 2.5 times more likely to be obese due to poor nutrition. When addressing hunger, it is important to make sure people have access to healthy and nutrient-dense food. United Ways across the country are paving a path toward progress by incorporating healthy options into their local hunger-relief efforts, and it's making a lifetime of difference.
According to Feeding America, there are 17,620 children in Galveston County who experience food insecurity on a regular basis. Additionally, 55% of all children in Galveston County are income-eligible for nutrition programs (incomes at or below 185% of poverty).
Food insecurity is defined as not always having enough food or access to healthy food options, which can lead to hunger. Families may become food insecure at any time, and it is often not permanent, but can have lasting effects.
Every day, United Way Galveston County Mainland fights for the health of every person in Galveston County. And that includes giving them the whole foods they need to live healthy and happy lives. Addressing hunger and health is a multifaced issue that requires many community solutions. United Way Galveston County Mainland is uniquely positioned to address both.