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.