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Thinking About Eclipses

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thinking about eclipses lately. Everyone kept going into stores – even stores that one wouldn't normally think would sell them – to ask about eclipse glasses.


So the Great North American Eclipse 2017 had everyone obsessed.


But other things have been taking up people's concentration these days.


Trump news. Racism news. Violence in the streets. Protesters. Counter protesters. Schools shaming students about their clothes, about their sexual orientation. Russia. North Korea.


These have been eclipses in a way, overshadowing important issues.


I can pretty much guarantee the children who don't have enough to eat this week were not worrying about where to get solar eclipse glasses.


I can also assure you the person who lost their job and subsequently their home, wasn't worrying about the best spot to watch the moon cover up the sun.


And its fairly safe to say that none of these people were worried about Russia or North Korea or what stupid thing the President was saying on Twitter today.


No, they were trying to go about their day and not think about how hungry they or their kids are.


There were, most assuredly, worrying about a roof over their heads, medicine for their sick family members, where the best place to get a job and how they can get there and live until thy can afford a place to live.


In Pike County PA, there are 5230 estimated food insecure individuals, most of them children. In Wayne County, there 5800. Monroe County has a resounding 18,200 people who will not have enough nutritious food to eat this week.


The numbers in our neighboring counties in NY and NJ are just as bad. With 9% ro 12% of the population food insecure – and the youth population suffering most from 16% to 25% - one can argue that all the things that make our national and local news are eclipsing these important issues right in our own backyard.


I guess its easier to focus on events like the Solar Eclipse, the Trump Twitter Wars and hacking probes into our elections because we can't do anything about them. Its something that can occupy our minds so we don't have to look on and try to do something about things like hunger and homelessness.


As our annual national event raising Hunger and Homelessness Awareness approaches, I want everyone to think about what others have to go through each day. Think about the fact that while we argue on whats the worst fast food place or the best diet, or he argue about who is right in whatever discourse du jour the media has us fixated on this week, try to think about how you personally can do something to help someone right here, right now.



Just In Case Someone Missed These Statistics

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Just in case anyone in our area or our local political representatives missed the infdormation we have been telling them for years, here is another look at the food insecurity rates here in our tri-state area.

Food Insecurity rates

 

In Pennsylvania:

Wayne County general population food insecurity rate is 12%, the child rate is 21.6%

Pike County general population food insecurity rate is 11.3%, the child rate is 19.8%

Monroe County general population food insecurity rate is 12.4%, the child rate is 19.1%

Lackawana County general population 14.2%, the child rate is 22.4%

 

In New York:

Sullivan County general population food insecurity rate is 13.7%, the child rate is 24.2%

Delaware County general population food insecurity rate is 12.6%, the child rate is 24.6%

Ulster County general population food insecurity rate is 11.8%, the child rate is 20.2%

Orange County general population food insecurity rate is 10.2%, the child rate is 19.7%

 

In New Jersey:

Sussex County general population food insecurity rate is 8.8%, the child rate is 15.9%

Warren County general population food insecurity rate is 10.4%, the child rate is 17.2%

Passaic County general population food insecurity rate is 12.3%, the child rate is 21.4%

Morris County general population food insecurity rate is 7.7%, the child rate is 13.3%

 

(Source: http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2013/child)


Cutting Head Start and Meals on Wheels as suggested in the new Trump budget and touted as unjustified expenses by his budget chief Mulvaney, and reverting back to less nutritous thanks to the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' efforts . . . .these are not only needed but they are our responsibility as a society.


CONTACT THESE PEOPLE AND TELL THEM NO!!!!


Rep Tom Marino

2242 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3731

Fax: 202-225-9594

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.


Senator Pat Toomey

Washington, D.C.

248 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4254

Fax: (202) 228-0284


Senator Robert Casey, Jr

393 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-6324

Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

Fax: (202) 228-0604


Did You Know? 9-25-15

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know ...?


Here is some information and some statistics you may not know about.


Our outreach benefits the local food pantry, the pregnancy center, homeless organizations, agencies on aging and those in the general population who are in need.


Not enough people know the extent of the problems that exist, and not enough people know what to do when they find themselves in these situations.


In the Pennsylvania counties we serve, the food insecurity rates are: Pike County (2013) 13% and 19% child food insecurity; Monroe County 14% and child food insecurity 18% ; Lackawana County 13% and child food insecurity 22% ; Wayne 12% and child food insecurity 19%.


In the New York state counties we serve - Orange County 10.2% and child food insecurity 19.7%; Duchess 10.2% and child food insecurity 17.4%; Sullivan 13.7% and child food insecurity 24.2%.


In New Jersey state counties we serve – Sussex 8.8% and child food insecurity 15.9%, Passaic 12.3% and child food insecurity 21.4%.


The unsheltered homeless rate in Pennsylvania increased between 2012 to 2013 by 26.3%.


The number of homeless families in New York state increased by 17.15%. Individual chronic homelessness in New Jersey increased 13.73%. Chronic homelessness among families increased by 2% in Pennsylvania, 4% in New Jersey and 4.9% in New York.


In 2014, Pike County Hands Of Hope provided 46 nights of motel lodging for 18 homeless people and helped 7 families with rental placements.