Hunger 101

What is food insecurity?

Hot Dog PhotoAs defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.1

Hunger is a physiological response to food insecurity, and impacts a child’s ability to excel in school, a person’s ability to work, and a community’s growth and success.1

Manna is committed to ending hunger in our community, and improving food security throughout the North Penn region.

Food Insecurity in Our State & Community

  • In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.6 million people, or one in eight, are food insecure.2
  • In Montgomery County, more than 88,000 individuals are food insecure; 14% are children.
  • Poverty limits food options for many. In Montgomery County, 6.1% of people live below the poverty level; approximately 7,500 individuals live in poverty in the North Penn region.5 Although we live in an affluent community, many among us need help.

Learn More About Hunger!

To learn more about hunger in our region, state and nation, we suggest visiting these websites:

Feeding America: http://feedingamerica.org/
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger: http://www.hungercoalition.org
Philabundance, Hunger 101: http://www.philabundance.org/resources/hunger-101/

Click below to access reports on food insecurity in Montgomery County.
The Hunger and Food Safety Net System
State of Hunger: Pennsylvania

1The Hunger and Food Safety Net System, The Food Trust, 2013
2State of Hunger: Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, 2013
3Montgomery County Fact Sheet, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, 2013
4 US Census, 2008-2012
5 Greater North Penn Community Needs Assessment, 2012

Thank You Sponsors!

Photo by LNW Photography

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to join us for the Human Chain (of Caring)! We moved roughly 1,200 pieces of food with the help of about 1,000 people. We are so grateful for all of your help and support (and that the rained stayed away!).

Please click here to see images from the event.