The need In Our Community

Nearly 47,000 people in Greene County (or 1 in 6) are food insecure according to Feeding America, and Crosslines is on pace to serve more than 60,000 Greene county residents this year. The need for emergency food assistance for local families and children has never been greater.

Last year, a mother and her young son came to the pantry for food assistance. As a Crosslines volunteer helped to carry out groceries for this family, she overheard the little boy ask his mother, “Is it my turn to eat tonight?”

More than 26% of individuals in Greene County live in food insecure homes according to the Springfield Impacting Poverty Commission 2017 Report. Children without access to adequate nutrition have trouble focusing in school, making it difficult for them to succeed. Over half of Springfield Public School students qualify for free or reduced lunch programming, but this does not provide for students when they leave school in the afternoon, during weekends, or during academic breaks.

Food insecurity affects more than just our children in Greene County. Families with newborns have medical expenses and may need childcare to work, Single income households may be supporting seniors or disabled family members. Retired seniors might have medical bills or need home repairs that are not covered by their set income.

No child should be uncertain of their next meal, or have to “wait their turn” to eat. No senior should have to choose between essential medications and groceries. You can help address this urgent community need through support of Crosslines.

Those in need depend on us, and we depend on you!

How to Help Those Who Are Food Insecure

If you would like to collect and donate food items, we are happy to provide our Food Drive Planning Kit; drop collection barrels off at your church, school, or place of business; and help out however we can! Just give us a call.

With children out of school and not provided with a daily school lunch, the need for support at Crosslines is urgent. We can’t wait to help these food insecure families in crisis. Help us provide nutritious food and other assistance to those in need.