It’s the holiday season once again, and like many of you, we here at Ebb Therapeutics are looking forward to gathering around the dinner table with friends and family. However, during this time of year we know that it is also important to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Millions of Americans have difficulty putting enough food on the table, and the added costs of the holidays can make this an especially arduous time for those experiencing food insecurity.
Food insecurity is when an individual or household is uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all its members. This could be due to a lack of food availability, insufficient money, or a lack of access to other resources necessary to obtain food. In 2016, 12.3% of American households–41.2 million Americans–were food insecure.
Our team of 20 dedicated individuals are doing their part to put hunger to sleep. This year, with the help of our neighbors and friends, our food drive collected 378lbs. of non-perishable food and paper products for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. We also were able to raise enough money to provide 14,250 meals for needy families.
“I know how hard it can be to provide healthy food during the holidays,” says Sheri Leix, Project Manager and organizer of the food drive, “most families might only have enough money to pay their bills, and not enough to buy food–that’s where the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank comes in.”
In addition to the many adverse effects of hunger, it can also have a negative impact on sleep. A lack of food can cause drops in blood sugar during the night which may interrupt sleep, while a lack of sleep has been shown to cause an increase in hunger, potentially creating a vicious cycle of hunger and sleep loss.
According to Dr. Eric Nofzinger, Founder of Ebb Therapeutics, “Sleep can affect your blood sugar levels, and your blood glucose control can also affect your sleep. Both nutrition and sleep are connected and are fundamental to health and wellbeing.”
For many, the fight for better sleep starts with putting hunger itself to sleep.