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Why I Care About Hunger and Hope by Mario Batali

National Geographic and Feeding America are partnering to tell the true stories of the people who experience hunger and those who are working to solve the problem. Along with photographer Annie Griffiths who is on assignment for Feeding America and will be the main curator, Mario Batali will guest-edit during the assignment. The assignment is open to everyone in the community and the final story will reflect the global nature of this issue. However, a selection of Your Shot photos that specifically depict hunger in America will be published in a National Geographic book, in partnership with Feeding America scheduled for publication October 2015.  

As a chef, the issue of hunger has always been near to my heart. To me, food is so much more than nourishment—it is love; it is hope for a happier life and a better future. Hunger is a problem globally, but many people are surprised to learn that one in six people in the United States—one of the most food-rich nations in the world—doesn’t have enough to eat. 

That’s why I’m excited to help inspire people to try to solve hunger in the United States by joining Feeding America—an organization that distributes more than 3.3 billion meals to people in need each year—and National Geographic as a guest editor for a Your Shot assignment, The Story of Hunger and Hope.

For the Story of Hunger and Hope, photographers of all levels can join the community and submit photographs that convey the hope we have as a society in solving hunger. I am especially looking forward to seeing more submissions from U.S.-based photographers that demonstrate hunger and hope in the United States. 

Hunger exists in every community in the U.S., from the wealthy suburbs to the remote mountains, and even in the very regions where most of our food is grown. We’re looking for images that depict the diversity of people who face hunger yet are filled with hope for a more food-secure future, such as in the photo above, taken by National Geographic photographer (and my Your Shot co-editor) Annie Griffiths in Chowchilla, California.

This photo features Silvia, a single mother who works hard, and in addition to raising her three children, teaches her eldest son to cook. Silvia receives food from her local food bank once a month and uses it to not only nourish her children, but also to teach them valuable life skills and pass on family traditions.

I chose to feature this photo as an example because it speaks to my values as a chef, an antihunger advocate, and a father. I believe in the power of cooking to bring families together and positively shape lives. Certainly, cooking with my family made me who I am today. My first memories of cooking were of my grandmother making ravioli, and my first experiences with cooking were making breakfast on the weekends with my dad and baking with my mother. The kitchen at my house was a place where traditions were passed down and bodies and souls were nourished, and, consequently, it was a place where love abounded.

I believe every family in America should have the opportunity to come together around food and cooking—and provide nourishment and hope to their children. If you are a photographer, join me in the fight against hunger by documenting hunger and hope in your community and submitting to Your Shot. A selection of photos from the assignment will be featured in an eponymous National Geographic book being released next fall. I also encourage you to connect with your local food bank to learn more about hunger in your community and what you can do to help. Working together, we can bring more attention to the issue of hunger and help people understand the power of food to change lives.  

Batali is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council and a longtime antihunger advocate.

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Recently in school we have been working on a project about hunger and food insecurity.Usually when we think of hunger we don’t associate it with the United States but it’s shocking at how many people face food insecurity in this country. Currently 1 in 6 Americans face food insecurity, so basically MILLIONS of people.The statistics are just as surprising as to what difficult choices the people who go to food pantries have to make.

62% of clients choose between paying for food and paying medical bills.

73% of clients choose between paying for food and paying their utility bills.

59% of clients choose between paying for food and their rent or mortgage.

67% of clients choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.

38% of clients choose between paying for food and paying for EDUCATION!
( all statistics and information comes for www. feedingamerica.org)

This social outreach is just a small way to advocate for hunger but I hope it motivates others to volunteer at local food pantries,donate whatever they can, and even make more posts about the subject. I think that the more we talk about it the action will get done!

Part of my project is to Make a poster that has the location of a pantry and its address and put the poster somewhere anyone can see it!. I would definitely recommend that everyone make a small poster that they can put up in your local community. Hunger shouldn’t control people’s lives and the only way we can get rid of hunger is to work together and contribute anything that advocates and makes a positive change.

Websites such as: feeding america.org and fooddepository.com are great places to look for information on local food pantries and statistics about hunger in America.

Let’s get #Cheeky! I love that each purchase of these products equals a meal for someone through #FeedingAmerica. I am LOVING what @Target is doing. The #Yoobi products that they sell (#classroomsupplies) work the same way. Its the truth because my classroom just received a #YoobiGiftBox! Thanks #America! 😄😄😄😄😄😄👍✏✒✂💻📚📒🎁

Jess Kurti of @beastofburdenchallenge who is visiting all 200+ food banks across America in the @feedingamerica network and running a marathon in all 50’states to raise awareness about hunger and the important roles food banks play in our country!! #foodbank #america #usa #marathon (at Fed By Threads)

I earned 8 meals for Feeding America tonight… Each mile is two meals. I was tired after the first lap. I lifted super heavy today and had a killer leg day, I was running off heart. Being hungry is something I knew a lot about growing up. So many people don’t know when or where the next meal is coming from… Kids shouldn’t look at a grocery store like it’s Wonkaland… Nobody should have to be hungry. Appreciate everything you are blessed with. I know I forget how lucky I am today… #feedingamerica #runforourlives #fitfam #fitspo #instafit #running #legday #fitness #giveback #kindness #charity #hungry #help #karma #meals #gains by runforourlives http://ift.tt/17QzXCZ

In 2013, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households ) were food insecure.

In 2013, 14.7 million (19.9 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
Statistics like this shouldn’t exist. As a student at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, we are exposed to these facts and are shown how to fix these problems. Our school even donate food to our local food pantry to help feed families in need. Please share these facts with everyone you know so that people are aware of the food insecurity around them. All it takes is one donation to feed a family 

—  Feedingamerica. Org