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Community Connection leads the fight to END hunger in Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa counties…because no one should be hungry.

 

Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in our local area. People work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing. Nearly 44 percent of the people served by our network of food banks are children.

 

Our community members are very generous with their financial contributions and 80% of the food and funding is from local donors. Opportunities to contribute a tax deductible donation include USDA inspected meat, non-perishable food items, fresh produce, cleaning products, personal care items, and funding to purchase items as needed.

 

During the first months of the pandemic, roughly 4 in 10 people visiting food banks were seeking help for the first time. Food banks have adapted to this new level of need with most food banks serving over 55% more people than before the pandemic began. The pandemic reversed the last decade’s progress towards ending hunger in the United States. In 2021, 42 million people, including 13 million children, may be at risk of hunger. Unfortunately, record unemployment continues and families still struggle to pay bills like housing, utilities, and medical care. The pandemic has laid bare how many people are one paycheck or medical bill away from hunger. (Projections for 2020 are based on analysis updated in October 2020.)