Fifty million people—including one in four children—go hungry in the U.S. every day, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. That’s how many people in one of the wealthiest nations on the planet don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger is complex problem — and one which could be solved once and for all — if the American public finally decides to make it a priority.
The problem isn’t enough food. The problem is poverty.
Hunger and food insecurity pose a deep threat to our nation. This can be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available, and affordable, is in the best interest of us all.
Help end hunger in America by contacting your House and Senate Representatives. Urge them to protect and strengthen SNAP and other nutrition safety net programs and oppose any proposals to weaken them. Congress must ensure that Americans who have fallen on hard times have the resources they need to put food on the table for their families.
Write to your Congressperson/Legislator/Senator/Representative/President:
Call the House and Senate operator at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your members of Congress:
- As a constituent, I urge you to protect and strengthen funding for SNAP and other nutrition safety net programs as you work to reauthorize the Farm Bill and address deficit reduction.
- Congress must ensure that Americans who have fallen on hard times have the resources they need to put food on the table for their families.
- Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
People on SNAP just need to get a job.
SNAP provides a vital lifeline so that people and their families can eat while they search for work. 40% of households receiving SNAP benefits have at least one working person.
SNAP is rife with waste, fraud and abuse.
SNAP has one of the most rigorous quality control systems of any public benefit program. States must conduct regular “quality control” reviews of SNAP case files to ensure that benefits are accurately distributed. Ongoing improvements to regulate the program have kept fraud and abuse to a historic low of less than 1%. The truth is that the overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients follow the rules because they desperately need help ensuring their family has food to eat.
It’s better for local charities to feed people, not the government.
Charitable organizations were not designed to feed their entire community. Instead, these food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens were created to solve what were thought to be temporary or emergency situations, not systemic problems. Most are open only a few days a week, and for a few hours of each day. They simply could never have the capacity to feed the number of people who need help.
You can’t be overweight and be food insecure.
Research shows a startling correlation between obesity and hunger. The simple fact is this: people living in poverty cannot afford enough food, and often, what little food they can afford is unhealthy and processed, with low nutritional value. They also tend to have far more limited access to healthy and affordable foods in their communities (food deserts), and reduced opportunities for physical activity. These factors have exacerbated the obesity epidemic among those who are, in fact, hungry.
SNAP creates a dependency.
Receiving benefits from SNAP hardly enables anyone to live well. The average benefit equates to roughly $1.40 per day per meal. In most cases, the money runs out before the month ends – typically after only three weeks, forcing families to rely on charity to eat.
Do what you can to end hunger in your community.
YOU… can make a difference.
YOU… can be the change you wish to see.
YOU… can set the example.
I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate titled “Reform The Farm Bill of 2013″.
Will you please sign this petition? Click MoveOn.org. Thank you!
Take the pledge to end hunger in our lifetime. Your kindness feeds others. There is enough for everyone.
Speak often and loud about the issue of hunger in this country, and how we can change it.
Ask your local supermarket to donate food to a local food bank.
Start a community garden and donate the food to a soup kitchen.
Tell your elected official to protect kids’ access to food (Sign up at Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry page).
Write to your elected officials to make a change.
Boycott the corporations that have contributed to the problem.
Organize a food drive to gather food for a local food bank. They provide as much as one third of the food at pantries. It’s so simple to start one. You can create a monthly program to pick up canned goods that residents leave on their porches and bring them to local shelters. Send a notice/flyer to about 30 neighbors and offer to pick up the goods from their porches. No matter how busy people are, they’re still able to contribute in a concrete way.
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
Host a school, church, or community bake sale, and donate the proceeds to the Great American Bake Sale, www. http://gabs.strength.org. It benefits Share Our Strength, an organization working to ensure that no child in America goes hungry. Just $25 will help feed a child three meals a day for more than a month, and $100 provides 25 bags of food for toddlers.
Support your local food bank. Locate one between home and your grocery store at feedingamerica.org or strength.org, then make it a habit to buy a few extra items and drop them off on your way. Most-needed items include canned meat and fish, rice, pasta, soup, and personal items such as toothpaste and soap.
Give a buck to Feeding America (info under Hunger page www.FigieDiFortuna.com), the nation’s largest hunger relief charity, and they will provide seven meals to people in need.
Help a friend or neighbor by telling them to call 866-3HUNGRY for The National Hunger Hotline (whyhunger.org). They will connect them to food in their neighborhood and other hunger programs.
Pledge your support by signing the online petition at nokidhungry.org. You’ll receive information about events in your community that help eradicate hunger, plus ways you can volunteer.
Browse thehungersite.com; every day you visit, the site will donate a cup of food to a hungry child.
Raise your voice if you are you a musician, artist, music fan or part of the music industry. Get involved with the Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program and make a difference in the lives of millions of people struggling with hunger and poverty through your love of music.