Martha’s Kitchen: Community Outreach Programming
Martha’s Kitchen, in Bowling Green, Ohio, seeks to feed the hungry in their area. Volunteers help prepare and serve meals to those in need. Anyone who is unemployed, under-employed, receiving food stamps (SNAP), living on Social Security, homeless, or struggling financially is welcome at Martha’s Kitchen. For some, this is their only meal in the day. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419.874.5704
Hunger in Ohio
- 653,410—one in four—of Ohio’s children of all ages, including babies and toddlers, are food insecure.
- Food insecure young children face increased odds of negative health outcomes. They are as follows:
- Nearly 2 times more likely to be in “fair or poor” health;
- 2 times more likely to have behavioral problems;
- Nearly 2 times more likely to be at risk for developmental delays;
- 3 times more likely to have stomach aches:
- 2.5 times more likely to have headaches; and
- 1.5 times more likely to have colds.
- Poverty is at the root of hunger: More than a quarter of Ohio children under age six live in poverty (nearly 220,000).
- Racial Breakdown of Ohio Children under age six Living in Poverty:
- Among Black children under age six, 55.5 percent are living in poverty;
- Among Hispanic children under age six, 40.3 percent are living in poverty; and
- Among White children under age six, 19.1 percent are living in poverty.
- 21 percent of homes with children under age six living in poverty in Ohio have at least one parent employed full-time
- 40 percent of hungry children suffer food insecurity for over a year.For more information: Early Childhood Hunger