Cold Temps Lead to Tough Decisions

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January 15, 2015 By: Sara Blair - Senior Communications Coordinator

Being food insecure is difficult any time of year, but in the winter there is additional financial strain. Many people find it harder to make ends meet when their heating costs and other utilities increase during these cold winter months. The recent Hunger in America 2014 survey determined that 71 percent of the people Second Harvest Heartland serves had to choose between paying for utilities or food at least once in the past year. The recent frigid temperatures often make matters even worse. 

Some of our clients shared the difficult choices they have to make in the winter: 

“I do my best with the electric bill in the winter, but sometimes I fall behind. This month I didn’t pay my mortgage to help pay for everything else like food,” said Karen of Minneapolis.

“It’s too expensive to get fresh produce in the winter so I just boil a lot of potatoes and eat canned fruit because that’s what I can afford,” said Linnea of Minneapolis.

“In the winter I get sicker and my medicine costs a lot. This month I spent over $300 at the pharmacy and I have nothing left for anything else,” sandy of Fridley.

“My husband’s hours go down in the winter months and it really takes a hit on our family. It’s hard for us to continue to pay all the bills and feed kids,” said Kathy* of New Brighton.

Donations decrease after the holidays, but our hungry neighbors need help all winter long. Visit 2harvest.org/donate to provide a gift during this time of greater need.

*name has been changed at the request of the client

Being food insecure is difficult any time of year, but in the winter there is additional financial strain. Many people find it harder to make ends meet when their heating costs and other utilities increase during these cold winter months. The recent Hunger in America 2014 survey determined that 71 percent of the people Second Harvest Heartland serves had to choose between paying for utilities or food at least once in the past year. The recent frigid temperatures often make matters even worse.

Some of our clients shared the difficult choices they have to make in the winter:

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