Southwest Virginia Faces Food Insecurity

One out of every six children in Southwest Virginia faces food insecurity. It affects around 12,000 kids in Henry and Patrick counties. School systems, churches, nonprofit agencies and individuals line up every summer to ensure that children normally fed in free school meal programs don’t go hungry because school is out. There are nearly 3000 food insecure people in Martinsville, that’s 20% of the city’s population. Henry County seems slightly better-off when looking at the 14% food insecurity rate. Residents of Patrick County experience food insecurity at a rate of 12%, impacting over 2000 people. In Henry County and Martinsville, local schools who offer free breakfasts and lunches to students during the school year, will extend the service throughout the summer. Children needing food in Patrick County may visit Stuart Baptist Church, July 1-25, Monday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch.