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Ethics Table: St. Augustine Hunger Center

Cuyahoga County has the highest number of food insecure residents, including food insecure children, in the state of Ohio. The Ethics Table will meet Friday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 103, to discuss the question: “How should we confront hunger and poverty in Cleveland?”

Given the close link among poverty, food security and other basic essentials, food insecure residents are often forced to choose between food and medical care, utilities, transportation, education, and housing. Children who live under conditions of food insecurity can have behavioral and developmental problems and are more likely to spend time in the hospital in their adolescence and adulthood.

In this meeting, Luis Gonzalez will talk about the work at St. Augustine Hunger Center, an outgrowth of the ministry and service of St. Augustine Church. In addition to providing meals, the Hunger Center also addresses other needs of the poor and homeless, including providing clothing, emergency funding for rent and utilities, and appliances. Gonzalez will also discuss volunteer opportunities with the Hunger Center; volunteers are especially needed approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas.