Monday, September 16, 2013

You think the recession is over? Ask your hungry neighbor!

Percentage of Americans who struggled
to afford food in the past year.
Not so fast!  Virtually all the “recovery,” it appears, has gone to the already comfortable, while there’s been little improvement for those not so well-off.  In truth, If you were uncomfortable before, you are probably even more uncomfortable now.

This is why we’re seeing more hungry people than ever at the monthly Food Pantry at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, where 100 families or more come every month to receive food … and, for many of them, to help serve it.

More Americans Struggle to Afford Food
Americans' overall access to basic needs is close to record-low
by Alyssa Brown
Gallup Wellbeing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More Americans are struggling to afford food -- nearly as many as did during the recent recession. The 20.0% who reported in August that they have, at times, lacked enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed during the past year, is up from 17.7% in June, and is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011. The percentage who struggle to afford food now is close to the peak of 20.4% measured in November 2008, as the global economic crisis unfolded.

Americans' ability to consistently afford food has not yet recovered to the prerecession levels seen in January through April 2008, when less than 17% in the U.S. reported that they had problems affording food in the past year.

Read the full report here.

If you’re in the Louisville area, you’re welcome to volunteer and to receive food at the monthly Food Pantry at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. It operates the third Saturday morning of every month! If you need food, you're welcome as a guest, with a hospitable welcome and no questions asked. Or come work with us as a volunteer!

  • If your budget is a little tight and you could use a bag of groceries to help you get through the month ...
  • If you've got all the food you need but feel inspired to come help us distribute groceries to others ...

Either way, you are very welcome on the third Saturday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Lane, just a block or two north of the Target and Kroger in St. Matthews. The Food Pantry is in Saints Hall, entrance off Massie Avenue.

Need food? We have groceries available in a welcoming, non-institutional environment that recognizes our recipients not as "clients" but "guests." Push your cart through the line, choosing the specific items you wish from what's available. There's no means test, no lengthy forms to fill out. Come and be welcome.

Want to help? It's rewarding, and offers you a chance to live out the Gospel in the world. We can use help setting up, working with guests, helping people make their selections, load their cars and more. If you're interested, please feel free to get in touch with me by direct email, or

Those who wish to receive food should be present at 9 a.m. when numbers will be distributed. Volunteer workers may arrive from 9 to 10 a.m., but it helps if some arrive early, as the Dare To Care truck carrying our food is not on a fixed schedule and may come early. And of course you're welcome to volunteer your services *and* receive groceries. Many of our guests eagerly help out with the distribution as well as receiving a grocery basket.