Image courtesy of Feeding America
This post has been updated with our goal progress as of August 25, 2017
In modern times, it's tough to imagine hunger as a major concern in the United States. The reality is that 42 million people are facing hunger in America today. That's 1 in every 8. Even more concerning is that this includes 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors. An uneven economic recovery and rising cost of living has led to what's been called 'a return of American hunger'.
We've Started a Mission to Help Do Something
Aiding in the fight to end hunger is a social mission that WonderSlim is taking on as a company. We pride ourselves in having employees who make us a company with a purpose through their many volunteer efforts in our local community of Wilmington, NC.
Expanding beyond our local efforts, we've partnered with the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America®. They're a non-profit that works tirelessly to get nourishing food from farmers, manufacturers and retailers to the people in need. Through the nationwide Feeding America network, we hope to do our part in the fight to end hunger across America. This includes those in our own backyard, where the local rate of food insecurity is well above the national average with over 35,000 people in need.
Starting this summer, our employees will be contributing directly to this cause by helping those in need in the community where we live and work. We've created a corporate volunteer opportunity for our team to help out once a month at a local, Feeding America-affiliated food bank. There, we will assist in sorting donations, packing bags or lunches for children, and more.
What's We've Accomplished Together (So Far)
Beginning in February of 2017, we set a year-long goal to help provide a minimum of 1.3 million meals* to families throughout America, with the support of our customers. For every box of WonderSlim product purchased, 2 meals* will be provided through Feeding America.
In under six months, our "Feel Wonderful. Give Back." program has already helped provide more than 700,000 meals through the partnership. There is still plenty more work to do, however. You can view the latest total of meals provided and learn more about joining us in this mission by visiting the WonderSlim Gives page.
Feeding America secures these meals on behalf of local member food banks. Their nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries & meal programs provide food services to people in need. Supporting their network helps contribute up to 4 billion meals that they've delivered annually.
Feeding America's services go far beyond just food today. They are also providing food security tomorrow through food rescue, foods that nourish, food safety and food security that breaks the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Hope For Those Going Hungry
The staggering numbers on hunger in the US are more than just statistics. Hunger affects people from all walks of life. A serious medical condition or sudden unemployment can quickly cause food insecurity for a large number of Americans and families. No one is immune.
Fortunately, there is hope. 46 million people turn to Feeding America each year for extra support. Here is how they are helped:
According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in America may not know where they will get their next meal. Far more than just a physical challenge, kids that do not get enough to eat begin life at a serious disadvantage. They're more likely to be hospitalized with health conditions like anemia and asthma. They also are more likely to have problems in school and are more likely to repeat a grade in elementary school. They are at a higher risk to experience developmental impairments and have more behavioral/social problems.
When children struggling with hunger do get food, most often they are getting the cheapest and most unhealthy food. The Feeding America network serves more than 12 million children in the US, including on weekends, after school and with summer food service programs.
Learn more about child hunger here.
Feeding America: Real Story of Hunger
The nearly 6 million hungry senior citizens face unique challenges. More than 60% of households with older adults (50+) that Feeding America serves finds themselves having to choose between groceries or medical care. As the baby-boom generation ages, this hunger challenge is expected to increase.
Feeding America has helped serve 7 million Americans 60 or older with programs tailored to their health needs, physical limitations, dietary restrictions and more.
Learn more about senior hunger here.
Ethnic Groups, Rural Communities, and Others
African American communities are hit harder by hunger than others. The rate is more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic households. The Feeding America network serves nearly 1 in 3 African Americans in the US. They help ensure every family has the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve a hunger-free future. Learn more.
A staggering one in five Latino households struggle with hunger. For Latino children, the disparity is even more severe. Feeding America member food banks serve more than nine million Latinos. In fact, 20% of the people they serve come from Latino households. Learn more.
Hunger runs deep in rural and even farm communities. 3/4 of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas. Currently, 82% of the food banks in the Feeding America network operate a mobile pantry, bringing food distribution to hard-to-reach places. Learn more.
Help Us Aid in the Fight to End Hunger in the US
Hunger is a grim reality that can turn hope into despair. Thankfully there are simple ways to help.
You can join WonderSlim's mission simply through the purchase of any WonderSlim product. From now through February 14th, 2018, every box you purchase will provide 2 meals* to people in need through our Feeding America partnership. Learn more here.
You can also make an impact in the fight against hunger by partnering with Feeding America. Whether through donations, program advocacy, or volunteering at a food bank, you will be making a difference. With their high charitable ratings, you can feel confident your resources are being put to good use. They are a non-profit that has been rated a 'Four Start Charity' by Charity Navigator. They are also an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau.
We hope you join WonderSlim and Feeding America as a partner in this mission.
*2 meals is the monetary equivalent of $0.18. $0.09 helps provide 1 meal secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. WonderSlim guarantees a minimum of 1,333,334 meals (monetary equivalent of $120,000) to Feeding America and member food banks from 02/15/2017 to 02/14/2018.