UTCH 2018

Uniting to Combat Hunger

Did You Know?

Food insecurity is a societal issue that affects 1 in 8 people in the United States. In the Orlando area alone, 1 in 6 residents face food insecurity. This is a serious issue that also plagues our nation’s service men and women, as research shows 25 percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel seeks aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country.

Defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active, healthy life, food insecurity contributes to:

  • Serious health complications, especially when people facing hunger are forced to choose between spending money on food and medicine or medical care.
  • Damage to a child's ability to learn and grow.
  • Difficult decisions for seniors - often living on fixed incomes - such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare.

This is why the VFW, Humana, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (an affiliate of Feeding America) are "Uniting to Combat Hunger" through a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness and fight food insecurity in the Greater Orlando area, including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.

 

We Needed Your Help ... You Answered!

The "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign has a goal of providing 100,000 meals to those in need across the Greater Orlando area. Barrels will be made available throughout Orlando at a variety of locations, including VFW Posts and Humana neighborhood locations.

The campaign will culminate at the 120th VFW National Convention in Orlando, July 20-24, where we hope to announce that our goal was reached. But, our fight won't end there. With your help we can continue raise awareness and fight food insecurity all across the nation. 

 

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