Myth: The poor spend most of their disposable income on food and are unable to build savings, so when an emergency happens that they could not anticipate it impacts their food security.
Fact: The Bureau of Labor Statistics has the Unemployment rate in the United States at 8.9%. (That is 27,232,583 people out of work). Creating new employment opportunities is an important Hunger issue.
Myth: Victims of wars and catastrophes (floods, droughts, earthquakes, and other natural disasters) are often faced with hunger and outright starvation.
Fact: This means one out of every five people on earth.
Fact: The federal budget is 3.55 trillion. Domestic United States aid accounts for less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget. That is under 0.5 billion. Consider this…The U.S. gives 49057 billion in foreign aid.
Fact: Private programs such as the Salvation Army have provided food and shelter for more than 100 years.
Fact: The Heifer Project is in 40 countries in around the world— including the United States.
Myth: According to the national Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average yearly salary in the United States increases as education increases (2001).
Myth: Female-headed households (no male spouse/partner is present) are among those most likely to be affected by hunger. Other at-risk groups for hunger include the homeless, poor families with children, the elderly, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, and undocumented immigrants.
Fact: Wages in developed countries may suffer when their jobs are lost to workers in developing countries who may work for a great deal less.
Fact: But it cannot stop there. Agriculture and sustainable agricultural practices partnered with education are widely accepted as the solution.