The Pros And Cons Of Hunger In America

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When a person thinks of hunger typically their mind goes to a third world country, where a sad, hungry child sit alone in the rain begging for food. Most people’s minds leave our country and travel halfway around the world to see the face of hunger. Our minds never stay close to home when we think of someone who is hungry. This is probably because we live in America one of the richest and fattest countries in the world. How could anyone go hungry in a land where there is over 14,000 McDonalds? Even though we live in country where food is not hard to come by there are still millions of people who worry everyday about where their next meal is coming from. Whether you realize it or not America is still starved. Many households around the nation …show more content…
Many people once new SNAP as the food stamp program. It is a program where the government will provide a house hold money to spend on food based off their annual income and the number of people they are trying to feed on a daily basis. SNAP has been able to help over 45 million Americans reach a more balanced diet. The SNAP program is a need based program not every household will receive the same dollar amount in benefits. For example, families further below the poverty line will receive larger amount of benefits while families closer to the poverty line receive smaller benefits. On average, a SNAP participant will receive $127 a month, about $4.25 a day form their benefits. To any of us this does not seem like much, but for many food insecure families it can help tremendously. Thought SNAP is the largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs; it is not the only program that has been able to help millions of food insecure household (Hunger in …show more content…
We see people all over the world in desperate need of food and we reach out to help, but why does society not just take a look around at its own neighbors and realize that there are many people in America that need our help? Everyday people overlook the people closest to them and pay them no attention. Food insecurity is not knowing where you next meal will come from, it is making choices between bills and food, and it is hoping that you make every last dollar count. The government is aware of the issues and has tried to implement programs that help those struggling with food insecurities. They have programs like SNAP that has helped over 45 million Americans get the food they need to make it another month. WIC is another program that supports mothers who struggle daily to insure their young children never go hungry. Lastly, there is The National School Lunch Program that allows students to get a healthy balanced meal at free or reduced prices every day. However, even with all these government programs food insecure households are still not able to live a healthy life style because they are forced to choose unhealthy foods over healthy ones because it is what all they can afford to buy. Food insecurity will not go away but it is our responsibility to see the struggle of millions that is taking place in our own back yard and reach out to

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