FCS Staff Support 20th Annual Day of Caring

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Donated food and supplies fill the trunk for the Annual Day of Caring and the Wendy Thibeault Memorial Food and Supply Drive
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Volunteers gather boxes of food and supplies donated by FCS staff.

The staff at Family Counseling Services joined together to support the 20th Annual Day of Caring and the Wendy Thibeault Memorial Food and Supply Drive sponsored by the United Way for Cortland County. FCS staff donated food and supplies that will be distributed to local food pantries to support people in our community who are struggling with food insecurity.

The USDA defines “food insecurity” as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. More and more people are relying on food banks and pantries. In the United States, 14 percent of households were food insecure with households with children reporting significantly higher rates.

More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger every day. Proper nutrition is vital to their growth and development. FeedingAmerica.org and NoKidHungry.org cite studies that have found that food insecurity has been associated with short and long term health issues in children that may hinder their ability to function normally and participate fully in school and other activities.

Packing CRWe are proud to support the United Way and this important initiative that provides food and other supplies to individuals and families living in our Cortland communities who are struggling to put healthy food on the table.

Learn more about food insecurity issues:

United States Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service – Food Security in the U.S.

Feeding America – Child Development and the Impact of Hunger

No Kid Hungry Fact Sheet on Childhood Hunger in America