Poverty is increasing and food insecurity is spreading throughout York County, Pennsylvania. According to a recent York Daily Record article entitled “Poverty is spreading across York County,” more and more children rely on free meals at school. Every district except Southern York County has had a double-digit increase in its percentage of families who qualify for free meals at school—a direct indicator of the poverty rate.

According to the U.S. Census, 51% of children 18 years of age and younger in the York City School District lived below the poverty level in 2014, and 100% of students in that district now receive free school meals. The problem of not having a sufficient food supply at home will not go away on its own; therefore, the York County Food Bank is here to help! Click here for more information.

Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America’s national character by empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives by serving as character role models to youth. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes lives on in the next generation.

The story of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and his Naval Academy brother Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney have been publicized in the book Brothers Forever, and additional information about the Foundation can be found at www.travismanion.org.