Exploring Hunger In America

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America, known for its economic success, livestocks, and some of the world’s most fortunate people, still leaves us pondering with one question: who does such a vast amount of our population go hungry? Exploring hunger in parts of the United States, it all comes back to the same statistics: one-sixth of American’s don’t have enough to eat. In 2006 the U.S. government replaced “hunger” with the term “food insecure” to describe any household where, sometime during the previous year, people didn’t have enough food to eat. By whatever name, the number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012. This is a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s.…show more content…
Cadillacs. The newest phone model. Mansions on the shores of beaches. We are all fighting for one thing: to be the wealthiest. To be on top of the pecking order. But what if this wasn’t what mattered? Just think. Somewhere out there, there is a child. They are alone, They are tired, and they are hungry. Their parents were recently declined of proper cash on the job, and they have been delayed of warmth after the electric bill was canceled. The last wisp of hope they have left is that they will be fed at school. Over twenty million children rely on school lunches to keep them nourished, but another 15.3 lived in food insecure households in 2014. Fast food restaurants are easily almost always 100 miles within any city, so they have a priority of food that they can’t afford. Others can, but that doesn’t mean they eat it. Head for your nearest dumpster and most likely, you’ll find a good variety of uneaten food that could have gone inside a child’s mouth. 40% of all food in America is wasted, which happens to be 20 pounds per person a month. It’s as if we live in our minds, ignoring everyone in a lower position than us. It’s as if we can’t see those struggling, as if we can only focus on what to buy next. As if now we can’t be at peace, ⅓ of us rich, the other ⅔ hungry. To quote Dwight D. Eisenhower on his similar perspective on hunger, “Every gun made, every rocket fired; a theft from those who are hungry and not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. The world itself is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of scientists, and the hopes of its
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