Hunger Advocacy

One of the most common misconceptions is the assumption that is someone is hungry, that means they do not have a job and are living on the streets. What most people don’t understand is that anyone can experience hunger; it is a silent epidemic that affects more than 49 million Americans. 9 percent of all American families living below 100 percent of poverty have at least one family member working; in fact 36% of client households served by Heaven’s Windows have one or more adults working. Private food assistance plays a strong role in meeting the food needs of some low-income families.

The decrease in Food Stamp Program (SNAP) participation rate suggests that food pantries are promising locations for outreach efforts. Given the strong positive relationship between household income and food security, it suggests that policies that focus on employment and work supports are important elements to improve food security in this population. We hope to target those very individuals who are mentioned above, those that are food insecure. If an individual is without basic needs, such as food and shelter, the likelihood for thriving is incredibly slim. By addressing the very basic of individuals needs and then providing additional support in terms of shelter assistance, job information and training Heaven’s Windows is targeting all individuals who were either unable to work before or did not have the resources allowing them to gain items and a sense of security they were lacking. The relevancy is seen in the very individuals Heaven’s Windows serves, working to build individuals from the bottom up.

Hunger Advocacy Network