The food insecure of McKinney and surrounding areas 10% of McKinney residents are below the poverty line and struggle to provide healthy meals for their family and themselves 9.8% of children in McKinney are below the poverty and according the census in 2013, 7,600 children qualify for free and reduced meal programs. These children often have less than 3 meals a day over weekends, holidays and long summer and winter breaks. According to a 2013 survey, youth homelessness is a growing problem in
Collin County. 36% of the homeless individuals counted children at that time. Food insecurity in Texas is higher than the national average. The population in McKinney and Collin County is also continuing to increase, as well as homelessness and poverty rates.There has been a 70.2% increase in the population from 2000 to 2014 (Collin county) and the poverty rate has also increased by 2.7% with the population growth.
We have a 5 acre farm we grow on. We grow in raised garden beds as well as in ground beds to maximize our production. We have raised beds and will expand to in ground beds, greenhouses, an orchard and hydroponics as we are able. We have organically grown fruit trees and berry bushes. We also have chickens that produce dozens of eggs a day.
McKinney Roots supply the fresh produce directly to organizations and services that are feeding the above population. Our goal is to alleviate hunger and partner with these implemented programs to help nourish and feed a low income families. By supplying fresh produce, we are providing an opportunity for individuals and families to cook and eat a diet full of nutrients and minerals. It has been shown that children below the poverty line are sick more often (leading to tardiness) and struggles in classes due to poor nutrition. We partner with schools and supplement a child’s diet with fresh fruit and vegetable options.
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