Area families with children faced a greater struggle.
More than 20 percent of households with children in the Dayton region reported food hardship, worse than three quarters of the nation’s other metropolitan statistical areas, according to the Food Research & Action Center study.
In November, Montgomery County commissioners approved spending more than $170,000 over the next three years for the 24-foot-long Freightliner.
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The truck was needed to help The Foodbank pick up and distribute an unplanned flood of food coming from a federal government bailout of farmers hit with trade tariffs.
The new truck, which can carry 10 skids of food, will serve as a mobile farmer’s market in both rural and urban communities without a brick and mortar food pantries, according to The Foodbank.
Of all U.S. households, 2.3 million — or about 2.2 percent — live more than a mile from a supermarket and don’t have access to a vehicle. An estimated 11.8 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2017, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, according to the U.S. Department to Agriculture.
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The truck will be used primarily in Montgomery County, where more than 93,210 people report food insecurity, but also at times in Greene and Preble counties where another 27,000 people in the The Foodbank’s area go without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, according to government statistics.
“The generous gift of this new truck will help The Foodbank increase distribution of food to Montgomery County communities faced with food insecurity, bringing food to where people need it most,” said Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “We are grateful to have generous partners like Montgomery County, who are committed to tackling the challenges facing our community and improving the lives of the people we serve.”