Fighting Hunger in America Essay
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Food insecurity is a term that Kendall Smith ’10, unfortunately has to use every day in her current role as Marketing Coordinator for the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
“Here, we don’t use the term ‘hunger’ as much as we use ‘food insecure.’ The USDA defines food insecurity as someone not having access to enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
According to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief charity in the U.S., 49 million Americans lived with food insecurity in 2012. Households with children, especially those with single parents, and those who identified as Black or Hispanic, reported higher rates of food insecurity than the average. And a population that is routinely overlooked – seniors – accounted for 4.8 million of those who were food insecure in 2011.
Smith believes that hunger relief efforts like Feeding America are needed on both a national and local level to truly build positive thought and action:
“We [the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana] are actually a member of Feeding America. They work with 250