In September 2011, a government report on hunger in the U.S. states that hunger remains at a record high – of the 17.2 million households, 14.5% struggle to get enough food – referred to as “food insecure.” Currently, one in seven people in the country struggles with trying to get enough to eat.
The report also offers information on hunger and poverty – Hunger is principally caused by poverty. The poverty line is roughly $23,800 a year in income for the 3 person household. Around 40 million low-income Americans are relying upon government programs (Food Stamps, WIC, and the National School Lunch Program. Click here to learn more about this report: http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm
Hunger is defined as a condition in which people do not get enough food to provide the nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water) for active, healthy lives.
Malnutrition is defined as a condition resulting from undernutrition or excessive consumption of one or more nutrients that can impair physical and mental health, and cause or be the consequence of infectious disease.
The Fight to End Hunger
It’s really this simple; “No One Should Go Hungry.” Food is a basic need. Hunger and the lack of nutrition does so much harm to the body and brain. So we, at the Chester County Food Bank, do all we can to help those without the means to buy food, get the nutrition and food they need to not only survive – but thrive.
We know that children who get nutritional food are more likely to learn and grow, both physically and mentally. Good nutrition can deter disease, promote a healthier society of people in good physical condition.
Do you what can to help us feed the 40,000 households in Chester County that are “food insecure” and rely upon the good will of others to get the food they need.
LAWMAKERS, PARF MARK HUNGER ACTION MONTH IN PENNSYLVANIA WITH FOOD DRIVE Story Link
Hunger and Poverty in the United States of America: http://www.worldhunger.org/us.htm