Fighting Hunger in America Essay

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The world produces enough food every day to feed every single man, woman, and child – 7 billion people – 2,700 calories, several hundred more than the recommended daily amount for most adults. The National Resources Defense Council released a report in 2012 documenting that 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, equivalent to 20 pounds of food per person every month and $165 billion wasted each year. Yet, the World Food Programme (WFP) reports that one in eight people – 842 million people – go to bed hungry every night. Most live in developing countries, and children and women are particularly susceptible. Sixty-six million primary-aged school children attend classes hungry across the developing world.
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The World Food Summit of 1996 defines “food security” is “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” In the case of malnutrition, malnourished people can be underweight, have stunted height, and yes, even be obese. The World Health Organization explains that food security or insecurity is contingent upon availability, access, and use.
Food Insecure?
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

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