November 01, 2014 · 8 Cheshvan

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Status: The Current State of Hunger in America
Hunger is an endemic problem that plagues all aspects of our society. Every city, suburb, and school, has a population in which at least one (if not more) person is experiencing hunger.

Hunger is an endemic problem that plagues all aspects of our society. Every city, suburb, and school, has a population in which at least one (if not more) person is experiencing hunger. In fact, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2008, 49.1 million Americans, of whom 16.7 million are children, lived in food insecure households. America's response to this hunger crisis is two fold: through services and through public policy. Congregations, individuals, and private charities provide emergency help through food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens. Private food assistance, however, is about 1/16th the size of government food assistance. Thus, it seems that America must do a better job of funding anti-hunger programs and enrolling eligible individuals in these programs. The United States could cut domestic hunger in half within 2 years, and lead a global effort to cut world hunger in half by 2015, by spending approximately $7 billion more annually, or 7 cents per American per day. Many people believe that ending hunger in America is entirely possible.



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