One in six Americans needs help with food and groceries


By Carla Ledbetter, specifically for Donne Tempo. ALEXANDRIA, La January 7, 2011— Feeding America works to help the one in six Americans who now needs help to obtain food and groceries.

Credit: Feeding America

Feeding America, formally known as America’s Second Harvest, is our nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. They work with a wide network of some 200 food bank members to help low-income individuals and families obtain food and groceries.  Each year, they provide food to some 37 million Americans, of which 14 million are children.

Hunger in America 2010, a study recently published on Feeding America’s website, provides data on emergency food distribution systems and the people Feeding America serves. The findings: Hunger is increasing and one in six Americans now relies on Feeding America for food and groceries.

Not only that, Feeding America feeds one million more Americans each week than in 2006, and many of those families face the choice between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.

One of the really great things about Feeding America is that this organization works to alleviate hunger through food and grocery product distribution, and they also address the program of hunger through public awareness programs, help clients gain access to federal benefits, and work to change policies and programs that support low-income Americans.

Check their website for a series of video clips that highlight the fact that more and more Americans face hunger on a daily basis, for a variety of reasons. The stories serve to demonstrate how widespread the problem of hunger is here in America.

The question then becomes, “How can one person help?” It’s simple–there are several ways individuals, groups and/or organizations can contribute to this effort. Besides making donations, one way to help is through joining an advocacy group. Another is to volunteer to work with programs in local communities, and a third way is to become a part of the Feeding America community

Eliminating hunger is not an insurmountable goal—we can resolve this problem, but it will take both time and collaborative effort on everyone’s part. January is the beginning of a new year. Why not resolve to make 2011 the year you decided to work with others to end hunger?

Carla’s fourth novel, Artful Misdirection,  currently available in Kindle format on!  A native of Louisiana, she is also a contributing writer for Out and About Louisiana. Follow her  on Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot, and LinkedIn.

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