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Hunger Hits Home- Documentary on TV Food Network

Saturday, April 14, 2012

There is nothing good on TV tonight, mostly repeats. Ii urge you all to watch this documentary tonight at 8PM EST or tape it at 3 AM EST Sunday morning or 2 PM EST Sunday afternoon.

The new documentary, "Hunger Hits Home," takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians on the frontlines of the battle. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the program tells the stories of three American families facing hunger, and features parents, children, activists, educators and politicians who are working on the frontlines to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Facts of Child Hunger in America

Nearly 14 million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America, over 3 million of which are ages 5 and under.

According to the USDA, over 16 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010.

20% or more of the child population in 40 states and D.C. lived in food insecure households in 2009. The District of Columbia (32.3%) and Oregon (29.2%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.

In 2009, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are the District of Columbia, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, & Texas. In 2009, the top five states with the lowest rate of food insecure children under 18 are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Virginia, Maryland, & Massachusetts.

Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children. 62 percent of client households with children under the age of 18 reported participating in the National School Lunch Program, but only 14 percent reported having a child participate in a summer feeding program that provides free food when school is out.

54 percent of client households with children under the age of 3 participated in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

32 percent of pantries, 42 percent of kitchens, and 18 percent of shelters in the Feeding America network reported "many more children in the summer" being served by their programs.

In 2010, 16.4 million or approximately 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.

Research indicates that hungry children have do more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.

In fiscal year 2009, 48 percent of all SNAP participants were children

During the 2010 federal fiscal year, 20.6 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.

Unfortunately, just 2.3 million of these same income-eligible children participated in the Summer Food Service Program that same year.

Sources of above statistics:

Rhoda Cohen, J. Mabli, F., Potter, Z., Zhao. Mathematica Policy Research. Feeding America. Hunger in America 2010. February 2010.

Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, Mark, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. United States Department of Agriculture/Economic Research Service, Household Food Security in the United States in 2010.

Feeding America. Gundersen, C., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., & Brown, J. Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011.

DeNavas-Walt, Carmen, B.D. Proctor, C.H. Lee. U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. September 2011.

Cook, John. Feeding America. Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on our Nation. Executive Summer. May 2009.

Leftin, Joshua, Gothro, A., Eslami, E.. USDA, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation. Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2009, October 2010.

USDA, FNS. National School Lunch Program: Participation and Lunches Served. Data preliminary as of September 2011.

"Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those throughout the world who live and die in poverty or hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread; and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen."
~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don't have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition - the kind most common among poor people in America - can do it."
~ Carl Sagan, Cornell University

"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children."
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution."
~ Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
~ John F. Kennedy

"Others have questioned if hunger exists in our country; I can tell you that hunger does exist in this country. For many adults and children, going to sleep hungry is not a threat; it's a regular occurrence. And it must end."
~ Former USDA Secretary Mike Espy

"America is the richest country in the world. And yet tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child's schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach.
Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn't make ends meet.Perhaps it's an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries.
The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America."
~ David Nasby, General Mills

We are one of the wealthiest countries of the world. Most nations look up to us an an example. We should be ashamed to allow this to continue. I know what I will be doing tonight at 8 PM. How about you?
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    Watched the special with my 12 year old son. He asked a lot of good questions, and said some insightful things. I loved the show, because I think "the world" has some inaccurate portrayals of what is going on in the US, and who is suffering the most. Great lessons and great suggestions that they gave for ways to help.

    Thanks for sharing this blog, and btw, I am very overdue in friending you as I have stopped by your page more than once to read your awesome blogs. Adding you now.

    Have a great weekend,
    2228 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    its sad that there are kids that go hungry
    2228 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    What a country of extremes we are!
    Hunger exists while obesity is epidemic.
    Sometimes when I walk into a grocery store, I think about all the processed foods I will never buy - rows and rows and rows.
    Kudos to Michelle Obama for the White House Garden and getting the message out to Let's Move.
    2228 days ago
    I watched it and it is a shame that this country allows this to happen. I always donate to my local food bank at least once a month. Even one bag of groceries can make a difference. Thanks for sharing this.
    2228 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this vitally important info Yvonne. Love ya,Dawn
    2228 days ago
    Of course it rises in the summer, the kids aren't going to school, where they're fed free or reduced cost meals, either for lunch or both breakfast and lunch. Not every area has summer food programs, where I am only does it on Wednesdays during the summer and last year was the first year they did it.
    2229 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    It is definitely eye opening. Most of us on here don't really know
    what it feels like to go hungry.

    Thanks for sharing that with us Yvonne.
    2229 days ago
    To me, I find it so heartbreaking to know there are children who go hungry everyday or that their most nutritious meals might even come from school lunch. My head is spinning from reading this. I think I need to read it again to digest it.

    Thanks for posting it...
    2229 days ago
    This breaks my heart. I am always looking for new ways to help those in need. I wish I could do so much more. emoticon
    2229 days ago
    Hi Yvonne, trying to keep my eyes open to see this right now. We talked about this as part of our project on food in school. Glad to know it's being repeated because I'm pretty pooped.

    Hunger in this country is inexcusable. The wasted food in this country alone could feed everyone till they burst.

    A very deep subject, indeed.

    Hope you are well, I'm working like mad and counting down to June! take care! kim emoticon
    2229 days ago
    So very sad...especially in this new century... thank you.
    2229 days ago
  • LGAR519
    This is such a sad situation. There are so many ways to look at this. I'm so sorry for all the hungry children!
    2229 days ago
    There is much that needs to be done in the world. Tx for your blig.
    2229 days ago
    Yvonne, WOW! How terrible! Thanks for sharing!
    2229 days ago
  • DARA52
    Thanks, Yvonne. It is a true tragedy and doesn't need to happen.
    2229 days ago
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