Food pantry continues to help those in need

To the Editor:

There is a hidden jewel in the village of Fletcher and Miami East Local School District, and on behalf the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, I would like to thank the Fletcher United Methodist Church and their community food pantry for their willingness to help families in need.

We know that hunger is the world’s No. 1 threat, killing more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. According to the website, one in nine will go to bed hungry tonight, and a child dies from hunger every 10 seconds. The problem of hunger is real. The world’s population today is 7.4 billion and it will grow to 9 billion by 2050, requiring a 70 percent increase in food production. Fifty million Americans do not have enough to eat.

Hunger in Ohio is a serious concern. Seventeen percent of Ohioans are food-insecure and 1.9 million Ohioans will not have enough to eat. One in four Ohio children is food insecure — that equals 653,410 children without enough to eat. Ohio families miss 345 million meals each year. Ohioans cope with food insecurity by skipping meals or cutting portions, relying on cheaper, less nutritious food, and accessing local food pantries and soup kitchens.

This time of year, the Fletcher Food Pantry is prepared to serve 10 to 15 families per week. They provide families in our community with the food and supplies they need. (For) anyone wishing to donation items, they are always in need of boxed mixes, canned meat, canned fruit, paper products and small toiletry items. They welcome in-need families and any donations by calling the church office, (937) 368-2470.

We thank the Fletcher Food Pantry and their servant leaders in doing their very best to make our community better.

— Kylie Blair, chapter president

Miami East-MVCTC FFA