Hard to believe, but it’s true. There are 54,080 individuals in Polk County struggling each and every day to get enough to eat. The hunger crisis affects one in five children in our community according to FeedingAmerica.org. As a result, their health suffers. Their school performance declines. Their self-worth is compromised. Our reputation as a thriving and caring community is also at risk. Partners in our community invest more than $16 million annually to feed those in need, but it’s not enough. It’s time to address the crisis by ensuring these children and their families have access to needed food. Working together, the goal of truly being a hunger-free Polk County is within reach.