Fighting Food Insecurity

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. As of 2018, an estimated 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger. This equates to over 37 million food insecure Americans, including more than 11 million children.

What causes food insecurity?

One “bad month” can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food or paying bills. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger.

That’s why many working families, including thousands of households who don’t qualify for nutrition assistance, depend on their local food pantries to help make ends meet during difficult times. The Saint Louis Area Foodbank partners with over 500 different organizations in the Saint Louis region and provided over 28 million meals to needy families in 2019.

How can we fight food insecurity?

Taking steps to address food security can be as simple as:

  • helping identify food pantries in your community for those in need
  • volunteering to collect canned goods for your local food banks and pantries
  • sponsoring a child to receive meals through the Summer Food Assistance Program
  • writing to your local politicians on issues of food insecurity and becoming an activist for those in need
  • using the Ready Set Chow when ordering your food for take-out and delivery

What is Ready Set Chow doing to address hunger?

We strongly believe in a shared prosperity business model. While the top executives of other businesses pocket all profits for themselves, we’ve chosen to share the prosperity. We value our workers and pay them a fair, living wage. We also believe in giving back to our community. All donations come directly from our pockets, and not yours. But your purchases make it possible!

With every purchase you make on Ready Set Chow, we give a portion of the proceeds to your local food bank. There is no additional cost to you, and you never pay extra for this donation.

Why is this EXTRA important right now?

According to the United Nations, the number of people facing severe food insecurity worldwide will increase from 132 million to 265 million people in 2020 because of Covid-19. The United States is not immune to this Covid effect either. Feeding America estimates that by the end of this year, some 54 million Americans — including 1 in 4 children — may not know where their next meal is coming from.

Food banks were already working at their limit. Now more than ever we need to support our local food banks and our community. Hunger is not the far-and-away problem it seems to be. It’s happening here, right now in our community. And families with children have been hit the hardest.

We never want a child to wonder when they’ll get their next meal.