The National Hunger Hotline refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to nutritious food and build self-reliance.
Last month, a woman in Texas called looking for food, utility, and legal assistance for a pending divorce. Her salary as a retail cashier made her ineligible for SNAP SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), she made just twenty dollars over the gross income necessary to be eligible for the program. She was despondent at the prospect of having to survive only on canned food from local food pantries.
The Hotline advocate referred her to a local chapter of the Angel Food Ministry, a service that provides fresh, discounted groceries. Angel Food provides a medium-sized box of food at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different from the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. The Hotline also provided contact information for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps people pay their utility bills. Lastly, the Hotline directed the woman to a pro bono legal assistance group that helps with divorces.
As you can see, the Food and Nutrition Service's National Hunger Hotline is dedicated to connecting people to resources in their community to help them through tough times just like the Texas woman. Help fight hunger and promote the National Hunger Hotline. Print a flyer and post at your location. Share the number with your networks.
1-866-3-HUNGRY in English
1-877-8-HAMBRE in Espanol
Help is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., EST. To register your organization or services with the Hunger Hotline, please visit: http://www.whyhunger.org/nhc.