(Photo via facebook.com/hungercoalition; photo has been cropped)
Generocity is one of 21 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on solutions to poverty and the city’s push toward economic justice.
Philadelphia is marking National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with an unfortunate new statistic: At the same time hunger around the United States is decreasing, locally, it increased by 22 percent.
A report released Monday by Hunger Free America found that from 2015 to 2017, 18.3 percent of Philadelphians lived in food insecure households, compared to 16.7 percent from 2012 to 2014. That’s an increase from 248,046 people to 302,685 people who were “unable to always afford sufficient food.”
As Philly.com notes, Philly is bucking several national poverty trends. For one, the city’s poverty rate remains stuck at 25.7 percent, despite a national decline. And while technically the childhood poverty rate is going down, experts in the social services field say Philadelphia’s kids are no better off.
According to the report, it would cost about $158 million to end hunger in the city itself, and about $355 million to end it in the greater metropolitan area.-30-
From our Partners
Power Moves: Jasmine Sessoms joins Community College of Philadelphia
Teach your children well: A sense of community and intergenerational appeal are key to this event’s success
How PHMC enables employees to turn their passion into purpose
PA Humanities Council helps communities reclaim their stories
Philadelphia Youth Network seeks proposals for summer employment programs
#ProTip: Stop saying you want to give back
‘Homegrown’ leadership is the way to make meaningful change in communities
Nonprofits and startups can win up to $360K at the WeWork Creator Awards
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity