Hunger is heart breaking. It is a preventable form of human suffering. We need food to live, so food is a fundamental human right of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, national origin or economic status!
Many people choose not to believe that one of the richest countries in the world has a hunger problem. It is even harder to fathom because when we think of hunger, we picture hungry children in other countries. Others choose to believe hunger in America is a result of one’s own bad decisions in life. How do you explain the fact that nearly 17 million children were food insecure in 2011?
The term “food insecurity” refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure children are those children living in households experiencing food insecurity. (Feeding America, 2011) Children account for over 22% of those hungry in the United States, and there’s a total of over 50 million hungry Americans.
In the State of Michigan, there are over 1.7 million people hungry and 23% are hungry children.
The Face of Hunger
Map The Meal Gap
- Map the Meal Gap 2016, Feeding America