Sunday, December 14, 2014

Food insecurity in America

Did you know that about one in six American's is food insecure? By food insecure it means people rare  having to struggle to afford food in addition to other basic necessities such as rent, utilities, medication, etc.  This is pretty discouraging in one of the world's wealthiest nations.

Where I work, Second Harvest Heartland, we distributed 89 million pounds of food to people in need from within our region.  Much of this food is donated by area corporations such as General Mills, Cub Foods, Target, Walmart, etc.

In addition to generous donations of food, thousands of volunteers helped feed those in need through Second Harvest.  Last year volunteers contributed time which was equivalent to 70 full-time employees.

You can read more about this from NBC News, America's real hunger game: 50 million in crisis.

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