October 7, 2014
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. —Matthew 25:35
Sadly, one in six families across the United States does not always know where they will find their next meal. And while Benson, Vermont, a rural town of about a thousand people, is no exception, a few dedicated Sisters of Mercy are working to change that.
Like much of Vermont, Benson has seen increases in poverty during the recession. Nearly a quarter (22.3 percent) of families with children lives below the poverty line and 14.5 percent of the population has received food stamps in the last year. For female heads-of-household with children under 18, the poverty level has increased to 45 percent (U.S. Census Bureau FactFinder).These statistics mean that rural Vermonters not only need help feeding themselves or their families, but that they also have limited or no access to nutritious foods, leaving them with few options except inexpensive, processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt. Read More