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21% of Yancey residents ran out of food at least once in the past year and said they were worried about running out of food.
Food security, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is consistent access to enough food for active healthy living. When this critical need isn’t being met, it’s referred to as food insecurity and carries the risk of poor physical and mental health outcomes no matter the age of those impacted. However, food insecurity in households with children is particularly concerning because poor outcomes may influence health and well-being at sensitive points in development, including both early childhood and teen years.
Several local agencies come together in Yancey County to provide food to insecure families during the summer, but this is a much harder task outside of our regular growing season. To make a small dent in the needs of the county, Cooperative Extension will be doing a food drive to tackle hunger during the month of October. All items collected will be distributed at Reconciliation House. When speaking with John Miller, director of Reconciliation House, about their most crucial needs he said, “canned meats and canned fruit would be best. We will take anything! We also have a lot of requests for personal care items. toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors and shaving cream.”
Donation boxes will be in the lobby of the Yancey Cooperative Extension office and items can be dropped off any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Niki at (828) 682-6186.