Hunger: The Saddest Injustice

A good friend and blogger (https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/ ) got me to thinking about the issue of hunger….as always I have an opinion on that issue as well…….

There were times during my life when food was a major concern…..I admit that I had gone to bed hungry…..the saddest injustice for me is hunger.

I have tried to focus on hunger here on IST…..

https://lobotero.com/2008/12/22/hunger-is-growing/

https://lobotero.com/2010/02/03/hunger-is/

Then we have TV shows that waste food for entertainment….pumpkin chunking. bowling with raw turkey, etc.  I find all such “entertainment” disgusting……but let’s look at hunger right here in the US, that shining city on the hill…..

  1. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
  2. The USDA defines “food insecurity” as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%.
  3. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure. More and more people are relying on food banks and pantries. Collect food outside your local supermarket for a local food bank. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout GL.
  4. 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
  5. In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.
  1. More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.
  2. Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer meal sites.
  3. For every 100 school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
  4. 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
  5. 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.
  6. These 8 states have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the US national average (14.6%): Arkansas (21.2%), Mississippi (21.1%), Texas (18.0%), Tennessee (17.4%), North Carolina (17.3%), Missouri (16.9%), Georgia (16.6%), Ohio (16.0%).  (source:  dosomething.org)

Kinda sad from a country that can spend $1.5 trillion on a war that it cannot win.

It is a world problem not just one for the US…..and as the world’s nations grow more wealthy the hunger rate never changes……

It’s impossible to ignore the growth of economic inequality in each corner of the planet. Vulgarity is the order of the day, with the very rich hoarding vast amounts of wealth while the poor scratch the earth for their livelihood. The British-based charity group Oxfam has done an important service by offering an annual indication of the gravity of inequality. This year, Oxfam noted that a mere 42 rich people have as much wealth as 3.7 billion poor people. What is most astounding is that in 2017, 82 percent of the social wealth produced by the world’s people was vacuumed into the bank accounts of the wealthiest 1 percent among us. This is not an ancient problem, in other words, but a current problem posed by the structure of capitalism: goods and services are produced socially, but profit is sequestered privately—and with fewer and fewer hands able to seize this profit.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/09/05/hunger-warning

Every generation wants to end world hunger and very generation fails to do so.

I just cannot see a way to make the elimination of hunger  a priority…..words will not feed anyone…it will take action but where will that action come from?

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5 thoughts on “Hunger: The Saddest Injustice

  1. The reason why I started my food blog was to share recipes to people that relied on food banks for help. I give small pieces of paper with my blog address to people I meet while waiting my turn. I see many elderly that have out lived their savings and spouse . Moreover, being middle class did not prepare them for managing to eat with little income because they have to relearn how to cook from scratch.. So there is a learning curve to it. I keep the blog friendly and present what I find as good low cost recipes with a few special occasion dishes.

    This summer there has been a decrease in the amount of food that has been available. It has caused people to go to more pantries in order to make it. I also think the need has increased. So when you give to a food drive and tempted to clean out your cupboards please check the dates before giving. I see cans that are out of date by many years after a food drive. The volunteers don’t check and just pass it on to the clients. I always feel bad for others when I see that.

    There is a section of the population that thinks the programs are very generous. This shows up when a few food bloggers decide to go on a food stamp challenge. They allow themselves a food budget that only poor people can dream about. Then they take pictures of their food carts at Cosco and Trader Joe’s of the items they are buying. I just sigh at that because that isn’t educating anyone on poverty.

  2. Food Banks are on the increase in all ‘developed’ countries, yet shops and suppliers persist in throwing away thousands of tons of food every week, because it is past its supposed ‘expiry date’ by just one day, or at the end of the same day. This could easily be given away to those in need instead, and it is perfectly safe to eat
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Stores are willing to donate but there is a problem of picking it up and transporting it. That funding was cut for this county. I don’t know if this is national or just state cutting. Farms are better about dropping off extra produce to warehouse because they have trucks and wagons and like the tax write off.

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