Who We Serve
In 2012 the Smithville Food Pantry served 5,728 families, comprised of 14,701 individuals. We average over 100 families per week, with increased traffic during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Clients include the elderly, retired people on fixed incomes, single parent families, working poor, unemployed and physically or mentally handicapped. Any special dietary needs such as diabetes are noted on the charts and we try to accommodate those needs.
Photo ID for all adults in the household
Proof of address
Proof of dependants: school records or birth certificate
Proof of income for all adults in the household
Why it Matters
[From Feeding America]
A critical component to a healthy life is nutrition. From birth, the intake of vital nutrients is essential to the growth and development of a healthy individual. Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important in establishing and maintaining a good foundation that has implications on a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.
In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16.7 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.
Hunger in Central Texas [From our partners at the Capitol Area Food Bank]
About 48,000 different people receive emergency food assistance from Capitol Area Food Bank (CAFB) in any given week. CAFB serves nearly 300,000 people each year. 41 percent of CAFB clients are children. 95 percent of CAFB partner agencies say they could no longer serve their clients if the Food Bank shut down tomorrow.
More than a third of CAFB's older clients go for extended periods without food. 1 in 5 families served by CAFB experience the physical pain of hunger. Almost half of CAFB clients have at least one working adult at home. Almost half of the families CAFB serves have to choose between buying food and paying utilities. 82 percent of CAFB clients are not homeless. Source: Hunger in America 2010: Central Texas ReportAccording to Feeding America's preliminary data, 442,263 (17.8%) Central Texans are estimated to be food insecure.
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