Hunger is a
1 in 8 people in Middlesex County is food insecure.
The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.
8.7% of Middlesex County residents are food insecure. That is over 70,000 people who do not have, “reliable access to enough healthy and culturally
appropriate food” on a daily basis (definition courtesy of Food Forward Organization, Feeding America).
In 2018, 953 tons of food was distributed at the county food bank, the Middlesex
County Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, known as MCFOODS.
The 953 tons represented food donations from food drives and permanent food
donation sites as well as financial donations used to purchase additional food to
the more than 120 pantries in the network.
28% of the public school children in Middlesex County receive free/reduced lunches. That means over 44,000 children in the county do not have enough to eat when they are not in school, especially weekends and summertime (Annie E.
Casey Kids Count Report).