Hungry for Work

“Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same.  Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.” ~Feeding America

Unemployment, poverty, and food security is a reality for millions of Americans. The graph above lays out the relationship between these three things and contrasts that with the income of Nevadans. For many, though, this brings little solace to their plight. It is important to remember that unemployment goes beyond a job. It goes deep than a statistic. It is more than a number. There are faces, and lives, and children who are victims of a problem they didn’t create but will now inherit.

What can be done?

There is much that can be done to help those in need. Northern Nevada offers many places that are available for the unemployed and poverty stricken to address their food needs. Contributing excess food to these distribution centers can increase the  resources provided to families and individuals in need as well as provide additional help that families may be unaware is available.

View Food Pantries in Washoe County in a larger map

Food pantries are in need of not just food, but volunteers too. By giving, we can give a helping hand to those who need it most, children. Without the proper nutrition, children are unable to focus in school and retain the education necessary to achieve academic, social , and personal success.

In addition to donating food, money, and time, employers and entrepreneurs can contribute to economic growth and boost employment rates in Nevada by providing jobs to the unemployed. Employment concerns such as age, education (either to much or too little), and employment history should be part of  the main decision making process. There are many people out there who simply want to work. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

Also, by coming together in collaboration, businesses can find new networks and avenues of boosting their own success. At some point, employers, employees, and the unemployed all will have to move past any preconceived notions they have about where they are at and try something new! Otherwise, this cycle of economic depression will continue in a downward spiral. The government may have a role in assisting the problem our community faces, but individuals have a greater responsibility in facilitating their own success.

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