Hunger in the Land of Plenty

November 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

All across our nation the smell of food wafts from restraunts along commercial streets. Absolutely every wonderful scent is represented.  Food is the celebrity on magazine covers and the focus of it’s own national television network. Food seems plentiful in this country yet startling figures are coming out  revealing that food hardship afflicts 14.9% of households in America and a shocking 23% of households with children. County by county these statistics may vary but let’s read that again…nationally 23% of households with children have difficulty getting the food they need; that’s one in four. 

Hunger in a land of plenty can be explained succinctly.  Phenomenal rises in grocery prices, declining median incomes, swelling poverty numbers, stubborn unemployment

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 Where can we begin to help? There are strong networks of food banks in America. The pressure is high on those existing organizations now.  Can you redirect money to give monthly to your local food bank  during these hard times?  Can you volunteer? Maybe you have an idea for a new way to help or can get involved in recent efforts that augment the food banks.  Some, such as the Urban garden movement, focus on growing food to feed neighbors. Others emphasize recovery of food. The USDA estimates that a 5% saving in food discards could feed 4 million more people daily and reduce the 31 billion dollars a year businesses and communities pay to get rid of unharvested/unwanted/unsold foods. Organize restraunts in your community to donate food, fundraise for hunger, or participate in a  Gleening Network

 This is a land of plenty; plenty of food and plenty of talented caring people. With focus and effort we can reach a time when noone in America needs to go hungry. Today we can begin to make that difference.

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