A recent study conducted by the Canandaigua-based non-profit, Pivotal Public Health Partnership, has revealed that food insecurity in the Finger Lakes region has more than doubled over the past three years.
The survey encompassed 1,100 individuals from Ontario, Livingston, Yates, Wayne, Seneca, and other nearby counties, finding that 61% of the households struggle to consistently provide food.
There could be major consequences if this trend continues. The reasons for the increase in food insecurity vary, including job loss, reduced working hours, discontinued SNAP funding, and the end of the enhanced child tax credit.
To address these issues, the non-profit is partnering with county health departments to expand options for families, as well as promote existing nutrition services and resources, such as food voucher programs, cooking and nutrition classes, and community gardens.
If you would like to donate or learn more about local food pantries, Canandaigua Churches in Action, and Pivotal Public Health Partnership check out their website.
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