High School Hunger Polls
By Jessie Chen
High School: the place of learning. Here I learn math, science, English, physical education, history, but what I whole heartily believe is missing in high school curriculum are current event classes. Current events could cover a whole spectrum of things, but what is and always has been current is the discussion of hunger. One might think that the discussion of hunger is outdated and maybe even overrated, but the sad reality is that, well, it isn’t.
I took to asking students from different cultural backgrounds at my high school several questions about hunger statistics and tested their knowledge about hunger by putting together this little bit of information for you.
These statistics were conducted by the San Francisco Food Bank and the World Food Programme websites.
For quick clarification, all the facts listed about are True. What I found the most interesting through conducting this survey was the amount of students who answered correctly on the questions pertaining to hunger outside the country, verses the questions about hunger within our own city: San Francisco. My hunch is that because we hear about hunger in places such as Africa and Asia so much, we forget (or just plain aren’t aware) that hunger exists within America too!
Why isn’t it that we learn about hunger issues at school? That a fifth of my classmates are, and have been, living in poverty without me even knowing for a whole four years now? This is where current events come in. If we had classes that informed us about shocking statistics such as the ones listed above, kids would take stronger affirmative action and have a reason to believe they should be doing something to change these statistics.
Here comes into the picture: Revolution Hunger. I work with Revolution Hunger as a youth blogger, outreacher, or in official terms the Revolution Hunger New Media Producer. My job is to encourage youth to really get out there and become fighters of hunger. How, you might ask? Through the Revolution Hunger site, you can keep up to hunger activities, events, and information, all a part of making you, become a stronger hunger fighter!
Check out RevolutionHunger.com, take part, learn, share, and fight hunger!