InFocus: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Homelessness has decreased in Massachusetts but food insecurity continues to be a growing issue.

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CHICOPEE. Mass. (WWLP) – This coming week, families and friends will be gathering for Thanksgiving celebrations – a time of food and fun. But not everyone can celebrate that way. That’s why the week before Thanksgiving is recognized as “National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.”

According to a report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are over half a million people living on the streets every day in this country. In 2014, 7-million people in poor households were doubled up, living with family or friends. Massachusetts has made strides to get families out of hotels and into more permanent living situations. A recent HUD report shows that homelessness in Massachusetts has declined.

Food insecurity continues to be a growing problem. The Project Bread 2015 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts found that nearly one in 10 households struggles with food insecurity.

This week on 22News InFocus we’ll be discussing these issues with our guests,who represent organizations that work on the front lines battling hunger and homelessness in our region.  We’ll learn about the social and economic factors that cause people to fall into poverty, and what resources are available to help people improve their situation.

Find out about what’s being done to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Western Massachusetts on 22News InFocus this Sunday at noon. You can see the program LIVE on the air, or streaming on your mobile device using the new 22News app. And if you miss it, you’ll find it on our website at WWLP.com.

Below are links to the organizations represented on 22News InFocus in this week’s program.

Learn more about how you can help:Rachel’s Table, food donation and rescue; The Springfield Rescue Mission; Not Bread Alone and other Center for Human Development programs; Friends of the Homeless Springfield

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