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Monday, June 15, 2015

Hunger in America

Hunger is a problem most Americans would like to pretend doesn't exist in the U. S. The attitude, "We're number one," precludes the idea that a portion of our population is food insecure. But, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, in 2013,
Children and adults were food insecure at times during the year in 9.9 percent of households with children. At times during the year, these 3.8 million households were unable to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children.
That's one in ten!

Many people donate money to food pantries or other charitable organizations for the distribution of food. Others contribute goods or volunteer. This giving typically occurs during the November-December holiday season. But, food is needed year-round. Children who receive free lunches during the school year, may be left without a lunch during the summer months. Or, cash-strapped parents may have a difficult time juggling the added costs of feeding growing children during the summer with other monthly living costs.

What can you do? The answer is quite obvious.

If you'd prefer to give something other than monetary donations, you can take care to shop better. Here's an article that spells out what food pantries really need.

The Shepherd's Pantry is Windham's food source for food insecure Windhamites. Help if you are able.

Hunger in America IS a problem. To learn more, look for the video A Place at the Table [DVD 338.19 PLA]

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