VAN WERT — National Hunger and Homelessness Week is Nov. 11 - 19 and the YWCA is inviting people to feed a friend and help those who are hungry with Feed a Friend on Friday, Nov. 17.

Nationally, one in six people in America face hunger daily and in 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children (20.6 percent vs. 12.2 percent).

“Hunger, especially for children, is a relevant issue in our society and unfortunately our community,” stated Julie Schaufelberger, Outreach Coordinator for the Van Wert YWCA.

To help combat hunger in the area, the YWCA is asking the community to Feed a Friend on Friday, Nov. 17. In lieu of going out for lunch, the YW is encouraging people to forego a meal, pack their lunch or have a carry-in meal with co-workers and donate the money which would have been spent dining out to the YWCA Transitional Housing Program. Funds raised through Feed a Friend Friday will be used to purchase supplies and educate housing residents about preparing budget friendly, healthy meals for themselves and their families.

“Our goal is to provide the education to our residents to successfully prepare healthy and budget friendly meals which don’t involve processed foods,” Schaufelberger said.

Businesses who would like to participate in Feed a Friend Friday may contact the YWCA at 419-238-6639 and set up a time for donations to be picked up. Community members are also encouraged to stop by the YWCA and make their donation anytime.

The YWCA is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way of Van Wert County.