Dec. 26, 2009
Considering that the average American gains at least a couple pounds during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, it is hard to imagine anyone in this country is going hungry. Yet more than one in seven, or 14.6 percent, of American households suffered from food insecurity in 2008, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 3.5 percentage point increase from 2007 is the largest one-year increase since the USDA first began publishing data.
So the next time you tell your children to eat all the food on their plate because of the starving children, perhaps you should realize that many children in the United States are indeed going hungry. Make 2010 a year to do something about it, and bring an end to hunger in this country. For some recommendations on how to end hunger check out my Take Action page.
– By Jennifer E. Cooper