Hunger is a serious problem in the United States, and not one that is an abstraction. Many of your friends and neighbors are in food insecure households, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as homes where there are repeated instances of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. Many of those afflicted are the most vulnerable people in our society – children and seniors. According to the USDA, as of 2011, 14.9 percent of households in the United States were food insecure. This is an appalling figure and shows the true scope of the problem.
This year the Town & Country Gazette has organized our 2nd Annual “Blue Mountain Blowout” to benefit the Northern Lehigh Food Bank. Last year, through the incredible generosity of our readers, we were able to donate a few hundred pounds of food. We hope to top that amount this year. On Sunday, Sept. 8th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. we’ll be holding our rummage sale and food drive in the Town & Country Gazette office parking lot at 4685 Lehigh Drive in Walnutport. We hope to see you all at the event checking out our great vendors and supporting your neighbors and local food bank! —Joe Korba