Many people associate homelessness with hunger. Often, those experiencing homelessness also experience hunger, but the issue also extends beyond the unhoused population: according to Move For Hunger, “more than 42 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable food. To put these numbers into perspective, the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimated that about 580,000 Americans experienced homelessness on a single night in 2020. Food insecurity often precedes homelessness, as individuals are forced to choose between paying for housing or groceries, meaning that millions of Americans may be at risk of becoming homeless.
Although many people view Thanksgiving as a time of gathering with family and friends and a plethora of food on the table, this is unfortunately not a universal experience. Thanksgiving may be a particularly difficult time of the year for individuals and/or families experiencing homelessness. But, support is available for those needing something to eat during the holidays. This year, let us help take the stress of finding a thanksgiving meal off your shoulders.
According to The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, those facing homelessness eat fewer meals per day, lack food more often, and are more likely to have inadequate diets and poorer nutritional status than housed U.S. populations. Why is it so difficult for those experiencing homelessness to obtain food with nutrition value?