Food-insecurity in the US is at the highest number ever recorded, with 1 in 4 American kids living in food insecure homes.
noun. The state of, or risk of being unable to provide food (for oneself, a family, or nation). Often resulting in disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.
How did it get that way?
Poverty is a large contributor. The US poverty rate has risen to 46.9 million people, and is actually up for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Moving out of poverty is nearly impossible without some form of government assistance.
And, unfortunately, among industrialized countries, the US has one of the highest poverty rates, while we are among those that spend the least to combat it.
Additionally, the affects of the economic crisis of 2008 can still be felt, not only in the wallets of American citizens, but also in their stomachs. With a dramatic 6% increase in the price of groceries, many people have been faced with the choice between buying food and paying other bills.
Nobody should have to answer that question.
While health care reform is starting to take place, many low-income families in the US still don’t have regular health insurance. So, when they get sick they go to the ER for medical attention, which can result in large medical bills.
These large bills can then put families that were already living paycheck-to-paycheck
into a financial spiral, making them face an unfortunate predicament: Should they pay the medical bills and go hungry? Or eat and default on their medical bills?
This is a heartbreaking choice that no one in the land of plenty should have to face, especially when it is proven that hungry adults end up missing more work and consuming more healthcare than those who aren’t.
The senior population in America is growing faster than ever before, with 80 million baby boomers set to retire in the coming years. Currently the elderly population is already struggling to support itself with nearly 7.5 million seniors facing food insecurity, many of which have found themselves on waiting lists for help
What’s worse is that seniors who are food insecure are significantly more likely to be in poor health simply because they might miss meals, which means they have less energy and get fewer of the major vitamins than they need. All in all, food insecurity makes enjoying the golden years that much harder.
“Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us.” – Erin Brockovich
Hunger is happening in the most unassuming place: our very own backyard. The CharitySub community has a chance to make an impact on this very important problem, and we need your help to make it happen!
AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide campaign that works to diminish hunger and malnutrition in America by making it easy for millions of backyard gardeners to find a food pantry where they can donate their excess garden bounty.
Serving all five boroughs, The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) works to meet the needs of the hungry locally, while finding long-term solutions to help low-income families move beyond the soup kitchen on the national level.
WhyHunger works with more than 8,000 community groups across the US and the world to fight hunger and poverty. For more than 35 years, they've found local and global solutions with programs like the National Hunger Hotline, to end the root causes of hunger.