Montgomery County is an extraordinary place to live and raise a family. Our community is beautiful and diverse, but even so there exists a disparity of living conditions that often goes unnoticed, and hunger and food insecurity are unmistakably present.
16.3% of the children in Montgomery County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland…
Our county is listed among the wealthiest of the nation, yet almost 40% of the elementary children in public schools qualify for free or discounted lunches. In the last five years alone, the need for food stamps has grown more than 150%. The need for Manna’s services has never been greater, as the high cost of living prohibits many residents from affording their basic needs.
The recession has lessened, but those we serve continue to be economically vulnerable. One third of Manna’s participants are people living with disabilities or seniors living on a fixed income. Many are New Americans, often working in the service industry or in other low wage jobs. Manna also supports those families referred to as the “working poor,” as well as residents experiencing a temporary crisis.
Our community’s children are the most vulnerable of all. 16.3% of the children in Montgomery County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland – and this is in contrast to 8.3% of the adult population. Likewise, 9.4% of our county’s children live below the poverty line, as contrasted to 6.9% of the adult population.
Though the crisis mentality of the economy is fading, the need for strategic hunger relief remains. Manna will continue keeping a vigilant watch on our county’s shifting demographics to ensure that our we are serving those in the greatest need.