Hunger in America | Episode 047


Episode summary introduction:

A lot of us are fortunate enough to open our refrigerator or freezer door and see a variety of unspoiled or unrotten food. Unfortunately, there are too many people in America, let alone the world, who cannot say or experience the same thing. We know that hunger is prevalent worldwide… some may even expect that in a third world country. The issue we’re discussing today is the fact that America, The United States, is not a third world country but has hunger and food insecurity spread through its own back doors.

Topic 1:

How can this happen in America?

  • Poverty

  • Job Insecurity

  • Food waste

  • Infrastructure

  • Unstable markets

  • Climate change

  • Nutritional quality

  • Discrimination

Topic 2:

Assistant Programs

  • EBT

  • P-EBT

  • WIC program

  • Local food banks

Topic 3:

How to become involved….

  • Emergency food providers (food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens) are able to purchase and acquire food in bulk, meaning that a dollar donated can go many times farther than a dollar spent on cans for a food drive.

  • Advocate for government policies that help hungry people, especially as Congress considers deep cuts to these programs.

  • Food pantries and soup kitchens need dedicated volunteers year-round, not just during the fall and winter holidays. Sign up to help on a different day.

  • Fight for Immigrate reform

Outro:

Our hope and prayer is that you visit us at https://thenursingpostpodcast.com/feeding-america to make a small donation. For every $1 donated helps provide 10 meals. That seems impossible but remember this organization along with others are able to purchase and acquire food in bulk, meaning that a dollar donated can go many times farther than a dollar spent on canned foods and other pantry items.

Free downloads- drawback to website

If you are unable to financially give, please volunteer https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/volunteer

References:

https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america

https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/facts

https://frac.org/hunger-poverty-america

https://www.bread.org/what-causes-hunger

https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts

https://www.unitedway.org/blog/5-surprising-facts-about-hunger-in-america#

https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-hunger-us

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/24/us/how-to-get-food-assistance-hunger-pandemic-iyw-trnd/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/nov/25/us-hunger-surges-spiraling-pandemic

https://frac.org/programs

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ten-ways-to-end-hunger_b_4351633

Call to action:

Local Resources:

  1. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank - Lynchburg Area Branch

  2. Daily Bread

  3. Salvation Army

  4. Lynchburg Community Action Group

  5. https://thenursingpostpodcast.com/feeding-america

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