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Food Insecurity: A Harsh Reality For Many In Somerset County

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SOMERSET Co., Md. - It's a trek Demetrius Richardson takes every month. As he walks through the doors of the Seton Center in Princess Anne, he's hoping to fill a void many in Somerset County struggle with.

"Every month I go at least ten days without eating. You know, I have water, or something I can grab every now and then. Sometimes, my stomach be like really, really (grabs stomach). I just be laying in my bed, I can't get up, I can't lay down, I can't do nothing," he said.

Researchers say, Somerset has the highest poverty rate of nearly 30 percent in the state of Maryland. And it's folks like Demetrius who depend on food pantries like this to make ends meet.

Those who qualify get a bag of food and produce once a month. Through its recent partnership with the Somerset County Health Department and the Eastern Correctional Institute's Green Garden program, more than 400 families are given healthier options.

"The need is great. You can tell that by our health outcomes with the high rates of chronic diseases. So our goal is to make food available to people that would not otherwise have access to it," Maty Barker of the Somerset County Health Department said.

For Demetrius, it's an everyday struggle. When he runs out of food from the pantry, he mixes flour and water.

"This here, it may not taste good or whatever but you're full. I mean, a bag of flour and some water, come on now, that's starch," he said.

It's a harsh reality for many in his neighborhood. But for what he's given, he's grateful for.

"I'm alright, but I have been through a struggle," he said.

To find out how you can get help from the Seton Center, call at 410- 651-9608.

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