The bitter cold
January 8, 2014
Much of the country this week is struggling with the bitter cold. With below zero, double-digit tempatures, even simple tasks of getting out of the house are a chore and actually dangerous.
This week, I have been thinking a lot about neighbors who are more vulnerable. When you are already struggling, the cold poses even more problems than usual.
What if your work is cancelled and you have a hourly wage? What is your gas or electric bill going to be like using more heat to eat your home? What if your car won’t start and there is no way to get to your job?
Two facts from our research study, Hunger in America 2010 address the stark reality of how this cold compounds existing hunger problems.
- 10 percent of Feeding America client households are homeless.
- 35 percent of senior households had to choose between food and paying for heat/utilities.
Feeding America food banks are on the front line getting food to hungry Americans all year long and will be on the front lines during this frost as well. Let’s keep a eye on our neighbors and make sure we all get through this cold as painlessly as possible.