Food Distribution Center
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Food insecurity continues to be a growing concern in communities across the country. Prior to the pandemic, the number of families experiencing food insecurity had been declining. Still, recent estimates suggest that the United States is now facing some of the worst rates of food insecurity in decades.
To address this issue, the We Are 1 Movement establishes totally free Grocery Assistance Centers, which provide doorstep delivery of groceries to individuals and families in need. This service is complemented by a hotline requiring only basic information such as name, household size, and dietary restrictions. This approach eliminates the need for people to wait in long lines or navigate complicated application processes, which can be challenging due to requirements such as showing ID or presenting benefit cards.
One of the most concerning aspects of this crisis is that millions of children are now experiencing food insecurity. Even before the pandemic, households with children were almost one and a half times more likely to face food insecurity than those without children. Last year, 13.6% of households with children experienced food insecurity, affecting more than five million children. To help combat food insecurity within our youth population, We Are 1 also provides free groceries to all parents whose children are a part of our Player 1 Academy. We also provide schools with any additional food supplies they may need.
Location is another factor contributing to food insecurity, particularly for those in food deserts, where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. According to the USDA, roughly 6% of the population, or 19 million people, live in food deserts, and 2.1 million households in these areas lack access to a vehicle. Groceries sold in food deserts can also be more expensive, with some items costing significantly more than in suburban markets. As a result, low-income communities impacted by food insecurity often pay more money for their food.
The We Are 1 Movement has been working to combat food insecurity by providing meals to thousands of residents, supporting schools struggling with budget crises, and partnering with senior living and special needs facilities, providing our free service to feed the most vulnerable populations. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the movement remains committed to alleviating food insecurity and ensuring that all individuals and families have access to the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.