“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

Proverbs 19:17

 

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2014 statistics states:

  • 46.7 million people (14.8 percent) were in poverty.
  • 15.5 million (21.1 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  • 4.6 million (10 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
  • The overall national poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 15.3 percent, as compared with the official poverty rate of 14.8 percent.
  • Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 48.4 million people living in poverty, nearly 2 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.7 million). www.feedingamerica.org

Although the state of Georgia appears to be one of America’s Mecca states, statistics state: 

18.7%

18.7% of Georgians – 1 in 5 Georgians – are food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where they will find their next meal.  This is well above the national average of 15.8%.

28.2%

28.2% of children in Georgia – 1 in 4 children – live in food insecure households.  This is well above the national average of 21.4% This means that more than 700,780 children in Georgia have been hungry without access to food in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

29%

29% of food insecure children in Georgia live in households above 185% of poverty and likely ineligible for any federal food nutrition programs.  These are the children of working families.  www.georgiafoodbankassociation.org