"Food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters combined have seen a 51% increase in demand over the last four years, while today Ohioans are continuing to struggle with unemployment, underemployment and wage stagnation. In recent poverty data released by the Ohio Department of Development, as of March 2011, more than 30 percent of Ohioans now live at or below the income guidelines to receive emergency food assistance, with 70 out of Ohio’s 88 counties having at least one out of every four individuals living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.” ~Nothing.org
In 2011 the hunger rate in Ohio rose to the 6th worst in the country, with 1 in 6 households struggling to have enough to eat. “Children are especially vulnerable to issues of hunger and poverty. Today, more than 26% of Ohio households with children reported there was a time in the last year when they were unable to buy enough food. As a result, roughly 750,000 children in Ohio are threatened by hunger and poor nutrition due to low food security. This is a preventable problem.” ~Ohio Childhood Hunger Alliance
The Anahata Food Project is a community service project started by Yoga on High in 2009 to help combat hunger in Columbus and do it with organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables. With a volunteer staff of 20 and about 100 peripheral supporters, we have created a garden and grown, harvested and delivered over 4 tons of organic fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. For the past four years we have continued to deepen our commitment to serve those who are hungry for fresh food. We do it with joy and fun and gratitude for what we have and what we can offer.
Listen to a WOSU radio interview with volunteers and those who received the food.
Because of the Yoga on High Foundation’s relationship with the Columbus Foundation, our members can contribute to the garden project and take a tax deduction.
If you would like to volunteer your time, please email Marcia@yogaonhigh.com.