Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity – but some people, including children and seniors, may be at greater risk of hunger than others.
In Walworth County, 44% of families report food insecurity at some point during the year.
According to a recent study by United Way, 42% of Wisconsin and 44% of Walworth County residents are considered Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE). This is the new face of hunger, the working poor who struggle to afford life's basic necessities. Based on information from Feeding America studies, 53% of this population have high blood pressure, 59% have unpaid medical bills and 32% have a member with diabetes. As high as 82% report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it was not the healthiest option, in order to provide enough food for their family.
100 % Volunteer Powered, Community Funded
We are 100% Volunteer Driven, there are no paid employees at the food pantry.
Our funding comes from the community and gracious donors throughout Walworth County. Approximately 10% of our food is provided by The Emergency Federal Assistance Program. The balance of our food is paid for by the community and gleaned from local sources as we act as an agent to Feeding America.
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Senior Hunger in America in 2019
If you think of the biggest health threats facing many older adults in America, your list may likely include cognitive decline, vision and hearing impairments, heart disease, strokes and other ailments. While each of these health issues is a threat to many American seniors, it turns out that hunger is the public health issue that is quickly becoming dire for many older adults. Here we take a closer look at what senior hunger means, why the threat is getting worse and what can be done about it. Key Facts About Senior Hunger • Nearly one in six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger or being malnourished (around 8 million total). • The rate of hunger among older adults increased 65 percent from 2007 to 2014. • One-third of all seniors report trimming the size of their meals, skipping meals completely or buying less nutritious foods because they didn’t have enough money for a proper meal. • Senior hunger costs the U.S. healthcare system $130 billion per year.
For the Complete Guide to the public health crisis facing many older Americans, click here.
Our programs are designed to further our mission and provide much needed services for our guests and their families. Take a look.
Fundraisers and events help us raise awareness and generate crucial resources to serve our community. Join us at our upcoming events on Saturday November 10 at Lake Geneva Country Meats for a Holiday Wine Tasting and on Tuesday November 13th at Oakfire Restaurant and see how you can get involved. Find out more!
Walworth County Diaper Bank
There are consumer products that are wants, and there are consumer products that are needs. Those who have a baby at home know diapers fall very firmly into the latter category. It costs about $1,000 a year to diaper a child in the average disposable product, but one in three families in this country has trouble affording those must-have items. The diaper bank is here to help bridge the gap for families in need. Consider hosting a 'Diaper Drive' in your local group to help our bank remain full. Call or email us to receive a Diaper Drive Tool Kit.
To learn more about diaper need, click here or click on the National Diaper Bank Network logo above.
Books from Walworth County Food Bank create Libraries in Kenya
The Walworth County Food Bank received beautiful new children's books from Delta Publishing in the summer of 2017. The Food bank provided The International Little Artists with book bags that they brought to local schools to decorate and tell their story. The Books and Hand Decorated book bags became precious libraries to kids who need them in other parts of the world!
50 Books (5 libraries) will inspire thousands of kids!
Senior Stock Box Program
Supplemental food supplies are available for qualifying senior citizens.
Contact us for information on how to qualify and receive this additional assistance or check out the eligibility requirements by clicking here.
Energy Bills too High?
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. WHEAP and its related services are aimed to assist Wisconsin households in reducing their energy burden. In addition to regular heating and electric assistance, specialized services include: Emergency fuel assistance, Counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets, Pro-active co payment plans, Targeted outreach services, Emergency furnace repair and replacement. Services are provided locally through: County social services offices, Tribal governments, Private non-profit or other government agencies. For more information on WHEAP, call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).