Talbot County Hunger Coalition
Hunger doesn’t discriminate. It afflicts the young and the old, black and white, the employed and the unemployed. It is the refrigerator standing empty at the end of the month except for last night’s rice and beans. It is the child who fills up on potato chips because it is a cheap meal. It is the senior citizen whose Social Security checks don’t stretch to pay for one more grocery trip that month.
The following is true here in Talbot, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation:
- 1 in 5 children are food insecure – that means hungry
- 1 in 10 residents are food insecure
- 5% of our seniors live below the poverty line
- 61% of Talbot public school kids receive free or reduced price school meals
- 2% of Talbot’s residents use Food Stamps (SNAP)
WHO, WHAT, WHY AND WHERE OF THE HUNGER COALITION
The Talbot County Hunger Coalition is a network of community members, providers and caring individuals working together with the Talbot Family Network to end hunger and improve access to healthy, nutritious food for our most vulnerable residents.
Recognizing there is a problem is the first step in combatting the problem. Our goal is to make Talbot citizens and elected officials knowledgeable about the depth of the hunger problem in our own backyard and start to address it aggressively.
Although there are only 38,000 people in Talbot County, there are 16 food pantries and 10 meal and food providers in the county fighting the persistent problem of hunger. By banding together, we are better able to raise public awareness and coordinate among ourselves to better serve the community.
You can find us at our Hunger Coalition table at the Easton Farmers Market or at any of the local festivals and fairs, handing out our literature and talking with people about hunger and what can be done. Or we will come talk to your organization.
Want to join us? Want to learn more?
County Food Pantries – Resource List
Did you know that an estimated 3,420 of your neighbors live on Food Stamps. That is nearly 10% of Talbot County who live on $33 a week. How would your day go if you could only have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch? We dare you to join the 10%. Get on the inside of hunger, so that we can find our way out of it together.
Do you think you could live on $33 a week? Could you avoid all free public food and drinks during this week? Maybe you and some friends or co-workers want to take the challenge together.
OUR COALITION PARTNERS
RESOURCE AND MEAL PROVIDERS:
St. Marks United Methodist Church
Interfaith Coalition Against Hunger
Talbot County Early Head Start
Building African American Minds (BAAM)
Tilghman Area Youth Association