ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOTV)-On Thursday, December 4, nearly thirty Perrigo employees joined the Allegan County Resource Development Committee, Inc. in the fight against hunger. Each employee volunteered their time to make a real difference in the lives of families in poverty. In partnership with The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Perrigo volunteers packed 1,500 bags of groceries for distribution throughout Allegan County. See a list of food distribution sites and times below.
“As a Community Action Agency, ACRDC is committed to addressing issues of poverty and food insecurity in our community.” – Christian Deuel, Community Service Programs Director, ACRDC/Community Action of Allegan County
“Perrigo Company plc is proud of its Allegan roots and strong ties to the community. Perrigo employs a large number of area residents, many of whom call Allegan home. We believe that part of the strength of our company comes from the strength of the communities in which we operate and where our employees live. We want to help Allegan thrive as a place to live, work and play, and have funded various organizations and causes over the years. Our executives and employees share this commitment and give their hearts and their time to help the county’s non-profit organizations further their goals.” – Art Shannon, Vice President of Investor Relations and Global Communications, Perrigo Company, plc.
TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including children and elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. ACRDC is proud to partner with Perrigo on this important food distribution effort. The food bagged on December 4 will be distributed on the following dates:
- Monday, December 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. – Pullman Community Center (915 North Street)
- Wednesday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Otsego- Old St. Margaret’s Church (245 Court Street )
- Wednesday, December 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Wayland-Wayland Ambulance (911 S. Main)
- Friday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. to Noon & 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. – ACRDC, Inc. 323 Water Street · Allegan, MI 49010 (across the street from the Perrigo Outlet Store)
- Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19, 9:00 a.m. to Noon & 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ACRDC, Inc. · 323 Water Street · Allegan, MI 49010
Perrigo Company Partners with Community Action in Allegan
Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. In fact, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics can all lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food.
Poverty Statistics for 2013:
- 45.3 million people (14.5 percent) were in poverty.
- 26.4 million (13.6 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
- 14.7 million (19.9 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- 4.2 million (9.5 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
Food Insecurity Statistics for 2013:
- 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.
- 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure.
Allegan County Poverty & Food Insecurity:
Of Allegan County’s 42,930 households, 14 percent live below the federal poverty level. 21 percent of all households are ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) —not earning enough for a survival budget but earning above the poverty threshold making them ineligible for many supplemental services. These are people living paycheck to paycheck in our community, unable to put any savings in the bank, who are a medical bill or unexpected repair payment away from financial crises.