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Hunger at Home Topic # 7012 Emily Styes
Objectives Define and describe hunger Define and describe food insecurity Examine and explain general hunger issues in the United States Understand, organize and create a community service project that addresses the hunger issue
What is hunger?
Hunger: The uneasy or painful sensation caused by lack of food. When "hunger in America" is discussed, people are referring to the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to sufficient food due to poverty or constrained resources Can lead to malnutrition over time.
What is food insecurity?
Food Insecurity: Not enough access to food for an active and healthy life The lack of financial resources to have enough food available to meet basic needs at all times Need emergency food sources
Is hunger an issue for the United States?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says: In 1999 ten percent of all U.S. households (19 million adults and 12 million children) were "food insecure" Of the 10.5 million households that were food insecure, 3.1 million suffered from food insecurity that was so severe that USDA's very conservative measure classified them as "hungry." Five million adults and 2.7 million children lived in these hungry households.
More Statistics 1 in 4 children do not eat regular meals each day because of lack of food in their home Roughly 13 million American children wonder where they’ll find their next meal 67% of those seeking emergency food assistance have an income of $10,000 or less. Of these individuals, 49% are working fulltime
“I cannot get used to hunger and desperate poverty in our plentiful land. There is no reason for it, there is no excuse for it, and it is time that we as a nation put an end to it.” - Mickey Leland, late member of congress
Objectives Reviewed Define and describe hunger Define and describe food insecurity Examine and explain general hunger issues in the United States Understand, organize and create a community service project that addresses the hunger issue
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