MYTH: Rockland is affluent with few people who go hungry
FACT: 41,000 people are living below the poverty level in Rockland & over 94,000 people need help affording food for their families. That’s 1 out of every 4 people!
FACT: Almost half of the people getting food do NOT qualify for federal nutrition programs and must rely on charitable food assistance
FACT: The number of people asking for help is increasing each year, and includes the working poor and the middle class – people that never had to get food assistance before—the newly unemployed, the underemployed, and families that have at least one parent working.