Hunger, Health And Wealth
I remember when a small bag of potato chips used to be 25 cents. Somehow the suggested retail price rose up to 50 cent for small ounce of potato chips.
Junk food is not the only thing that increased, but along with that was the gas prices — which has been a big deal recently.
Some people blame the economy, some blame our leadership, our government and some blame it on consumers. Overall, we all play a role in the hunger disparities and it’s starting right in your community.
You may ask, “How could I be responsible for the thousand of people going hungry every day?” Well, you are not directly responsible for those people.
Let’s look at the big picture.
In 2009, in response to the question, “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”
18.5 % of people in the U.S. said “Yes.” Nearly 1 in 4 households with children said, “Yes.”
What does this mean to you? This means hunger lurks in almost every community in America.
But, hunger is bigger than America. It’s an global issue and we all can do something
25,000 people die everyday from hunger-related causes.
Take Forgotten Harvest for example, a local food bank in my hometown of Detroit. This organization “rescued” 23.2 million pounds of food last year.
They “rescue” food that grocery stores. schools, restaurants and various businesses would otherwise throw away and donate them to over 435 food donating organizations.
Forgotten Harvest is combating two hunger problems in America: Hunger and waste. That is amazing!
Think of what we can do by rescuing our food. Next time you’re at an event with a surplus of food, why not tell the organizer about Forgotten Harvest or an organization that does something similar.
Using your voice and knowledge of hunger, waste, and malnutrition counts. I always say, if you cannot afford to donate money to food banks, donate your time! Your knowledge and your physical presence in your community will make an impact.
Just think if we all worked together to combat hunger disparities in every community….that would create a global impact!
You don’t like cost of eating healthy? Then I push you to contact legislators and community leaders and do something about it.
But, there are ways to get around that hefty price. Always check your newspaper for coupons, look for fliers advertising sales, and support locally-owned stores, who are more prone to give you a price cut because you live in the neighborhood. You can always choose to volunteer at a food bank!
It hurts me to realize that some parents in America have to choose between paying a house note or buying food for their children, but this is reality! Even when the parents can afford to buy food, there is a lack of knowledge on what the buy and how to be economical. Unfortunately, some families opt to buy the cheaper, calorie and carbohydrate-infested foods. As a result of constantly eating these cheap-but-unhealthy foods and snacks, this increases the high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and diabetes rates in our country. That means more trips to your doctor for prescriptions and more money these families have to come out of to keep themselves “healthy.”
What is the true definition of eating healthy or being healthy? It’s like we as Americans have two choices: buy the cheap-but-unhealthy foods and make more trips to the doctor for medicine or buy the expensive-but-healthy foods and not be able to pay some bills.
The malnutrition in this country is atrocious. But let’s not give up hope. There are lots of other organization out there combating hunger, waste and malnutrition in America everyday.
Here is a list of hunger relief organizations that also strive to keep Americans healthy at the same time. http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Issues_and_Causes/Poverty/Hunger/Organizations/Relief_Organizations/
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