Hunger is not always a visible issue. Your neighbors may be struggling, and you won’t be able to tell. Did you know that food insecurity is experienced by many people with service jobs in Smith County, such as child care workers and fast food employees?
Dr. Valerie Smith, the founder of Smith County Food Security Council, is in a unique position where she witnesses the health effects of food insecurity in her patients.
A pediatrician at St. Paul Children’s Foundation, which also provides families in need with a food pantry, she sees the health issues that result from hunger.
Food insecurity causes a number of health problems in children and adults. By helping those in need find nourishing food, the Smith County Food Security Council helps its neighbors and the community as a whole.
In 2018, St. Paul Children's Foundation brought together leaders from across our community to form the Smith County Food Security Council. Our coalition represents non-profits, healthcare organizations, schools, churches, public health, farmers, and businesses working together to end hunger in our community.
When people are well fed, they have less health issues and place less burden on our strained healthcare system.
When people are well nourished, they perform better in school, at their jobs, and in the community.