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Montgomery County is growing fast -- between 2000 and 2010 the population grew 54%, as compared to 20% in Texas and 9% in the U.S. The county has also seen a dramatic rise in food insecurity – the lack of access to adequate, nutritious food. Food insecurity affects 16% of residents, including nearly 32,000 children. It is linked to poverty and interrelated causes: unemployment, low wages, high housing and health care costs, and lack of access to SNAP food stamps.From 2007 to 2011 there was an 88% increase in the number of Montgomery County residents enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), compared to 58% statewide. While the total student population of the county's public schools increased 11%, the number of economically disadvantaged students increased 27% -- nearly 8,000 students. The effects of hunger include depression, anger, anxiety and social introversion. Cognitively, hunger can hamper one’s ability to concentrate, reduce alertness and lead to poor judgment. Health issues such as obesity and malnutrition stem from diets without the necessary nutrients for vital organs to function properly. Children are particularly vulnerable to hunger, which can have serious implications for physical and mental development, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. According to the American Psychological Association, children who experience severe hunger are at increased risk for: chronic health conditions, behavior problems, depression, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. Even mild malnutrition during the critical stages of the development may cause irreparable harm. Hungry children have a harder time learning, shorter attention span and suffer more school absences. Seniors are also at risk. Sixty-three percent of client households with seniors report having to make choices between paying for food or medical costs. Food insecure seniors are more likely to:
MCFB partners with Meals
on Wheels and local senior living facilities to provide supplemental food on
weekends to senior citizens who may struggle either financially or with
mobility issues making it difficult for them to provide for themselves. In
2015, this program benefited 4,819 low-income individuals.
MCFB provides disaster relief to Montgomery and surrounding counties whenever needed.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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