Argentine Twp. — Hundreds of people will have food for the next few weeks thanks to the Argentine Church of the Nazarene and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. 

 On Saturday, Dec.18, a dozen volunteers handed out fruit, bread, bagels, vegetables, potatoes, onions and more, including non-food items such as diapers, at the church. 

 Volunteer Julie St. John of Linden said it helps people “big time,” especially around the holidays. 

 “It went really well. People are really nice and grateful, and we were just hustling to fill up the cars,” she said. “They were super appreciative.”

 This is the second time the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has partnered with the Argentine Church of the Nazarene. 

 In March 2021, Feeding America, an organization dedicated to supporting food pantries and ending food insecurity, projected that 42 million people (one in eight), including 13 million children (one in six), would experience food insecurity in 2021. 

 This is a slight improvement from their 2020 projections, which stated that 45 million people and 15 million children would experience insecurity in 2020. 

 In the U.S., food insecurity was at an all-time low in 2019 before the pandemic. Approximately one in nine individuals (10.9%) and one in seven children (14.6%) lived in a food-insecure household. This means approximately 35 million people and nearly 11 million children were food insecure.

 Unemployment and poverty are the two biggest factors that cause food insecurity, both of which were at recent lows before the pandemic. 

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