Posts Tagged ‘Feeding America’
As you know, I am very serious about ending Food Insecurity in America– especially where children are concerned. Here is a video to drive that message home. It also includes a bit about child obesity. For us, food is something we can enjoy and talk about as leisure, but for some its a luxury. Learn what you can do to help.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS- USDA) releases an annual study that in 2008 showed that 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure. And what’s more alarming is that 1 in 4 children live in a food insecure household.
What is food insecurity? It is a state of not having enough to eat or not knowing where your next meal will come from.
Who is food insecure? With numbers that high, food insecurity is not confined to the homeless or unemployed. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.
The report also shows that nearly 34% of food insecure households are African-American and nearly 20% are Hispanic. An estimated 35% of those households are headed by a single parent with children under the age of 18.
Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief charity, works with food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across the country to supply them with the tools they need to combat hunger in their community. Here, the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 2 million pounds of groceries a month to families in need through more than 700 charitable organizations.
In addition to taking food and cash donations, the ACFB hosts several events a month from which proceeds go to supplies. With cooking demonstrations, celebrity charity dinners, concerts and more, it’s very easy to end hunger in your community.
In the state of Georgia alone, 14% of households and 23% of children are food insecure. America is supposed to be the “land of plenty”. What will you do to help?