Lebanon — Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories about issues of hunger in Boone County.
More than 6,000 Boone County residents, nearly 2,500 of them children, wake each day uncertain if they will have enough food to eat.
They are the “food insecure,” said Theresa Hanners, director of The Caring Center, a food pantry in Lebanon.
“They are skipping meals, skipping whole days of eating food, or not eating three times a day,” she told the Boone County Healthy Coalition last week.
Hanners met with the group to describe plans — and the reasons — for the second annual Feeding Our Future One Child At A Time seminar. It will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Witham Health Services Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Feeding Our Future’s objective is to eliminate child hunger in Boone County by 2020.
Overwhelmingly, Boone residents have access to grocery stores — only 1 percent of the population is considered to have limited access to healthy food, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — but many of them aren’t buying nutritional food, Hanners said.
An estimated 9 percent of all Boone County children younger than 18 live in poverty, the foundation said.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.