National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness week.
There are many reasons homelessness and hunger are an issue. Many reasons that might not even cross your mind. Most people believe that drug addiction and mental illness are the problem. These are stereotypes and not true.
Here are the top 5 reasons homelessness is an issue:
- Lack of affordable housing
- Low wages
- The top reason for women is domestic abuse**
In 2017, there were 554,000 homeless people living in the United States. Of that number, 25% are employed. Some working more than 40-hours-per-week, still leaving them below the poverty line.
Poverty, a root cause of hunger, is also often indicated by marginal income and limited access to healthcare, education, clothing and shelter.
• 40.6 million people in the US live in poverty
• 13.3 million, or 1 in 6 children in the US live in poverty
• 40 million people in the US struggle with hunger
Not having access to a home or stability, increases risk. In addition to hunger, health and hygiene are an issue. Access to basic products that keep us clean is low. Products like laundry detergent.
When we learned of the many issues that wrap around not having access to laundry detergent and hygiene products, we found ourselves heart broken. If you can’t wash clothes, bedding, and/or stuffed animals, etc… so many health and social concerns arise. Adults may lose their jobs due to poor professional appearance. Kids get bullied or stay ill for lack of clean clothes. Lice issues run rampant. Babies have skin rashes due to the lack of hypoallergenic detergents that are affordable. The list goes on. We believe everyone deserves health and to feel confident. That is why we started with a local organization in Bozeman, Montana to directly impact our neighbors and friends.
On February 1, we launched an initiative to lessen the burden of expensive laundry products in the homes of those who needed it most. We donated 72-weeks of laundry detergent for kids and people working.
We aren’t stopping there! This week we will partner with YOU and donate a massive amount of laundry detergent to our local warming center that opened on November 1st.