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Hunger Hits Home

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tonight the Food Network is running a documentary called Hunger Hits Home. It's about the problem of childhood hunger in the U.S. It's estimated that as many as 25% of children in this country are undernourished. (It makes me wonder about the scope of ADULT hunger in this country.) In a nation as rich as the U.S., not a single community is hunger free.

This is a problem we must address. I'm supporting Food Network's favorite charity, Share Our Strength. It has a stated goal of eradicating childhood hunger in this country by 2015.

This problem affects us all, whether we have kids or not. Please check out this important documentary.
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    When I worked at a fly-in school I had grade 4 kids tell me they hadn't eaten since the lunch served at school the day before. I thought they were big enough to get food for themselves, but when I switched and started teaching Grade 1 - I took a different perspective. I knew they were little kids and they needed help, so I did a little bit of a breakfast for them. I would make muffins/or soda or banana bread and bring it in. Then I would save their "desert" from lunch and give it to them for break next day. It didn't cost me a lot but I also went to the kitchen and got peanut butter and crackers and would serve this for break in early a.m. I felt so bad for these little kids. Also I asked my assistant to butter the crackers and i was shocked at her attitude of not wanting to do this... especially seeing as she proclaimed she was a Christian.

    Also another one of the assistants from the community told me how the younger families would let their kids go hungry rather than go and stand on the bank of the lake and catch a fish. And also like you said in your other blog, they did have the money for their cigs, drugs and drinking... Sad reality in today's world.
    2258 days ago
    I have yet to watch it, but I did record it.
    2258 days ago
    thanks for posting about it
    2259 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    Thank you for posting this...I see many women & children everyday that live in poverty. It is a big concern where I live. Giving to our local food pantry and food kitchen is important to me.

    I will check out the documentary.
    2259 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this information. We could do so much more as a country to protect the most vulnerable members. It's the right thing to do.
    2259 days ago
  • MOMMA2X6
    It is hard to believe the depth of the problem given the relative wealth of our nation. I normally think of feeding people in underdeveloped countries. I look forward to learning more.
    2260 days ago
    The needs are so great! Our church hands out bags of food on Fridays. We try to fill the bags with food that will last the week but I know we fall short on things like fresh fruits and vegetables.
    2260 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    I have volunteered at our food bank so I get newsletters about the rise of middle class families using their service...this is definitely a trend that needs to be addressed and reversed...
    2260 days ago
    Mary, I was particularly struck by this problem when you encouraged me to watch the Chopped with the school lunch chefs. I was amazed to see some of the women packing backpacks with food for over the weekend.
    I will absolutely check this out.
    2260 days ago
    Thank you for telling us about the documentary.
    I see children each day in my work that I wonder if they are getting a meal at home on days when school is not in cession - as they atleast get a light breakfast and a lunch at our area schools. I don't remember the food shelves or people being hungry when I was a child - but I do see it now. Thanks for your blog.

    2260 days ago
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