This Is Hunger: Mazon Exhibit Highlights an American Problem
IFPO leaders recently visited "This is Hunger", an experiential installation on wheels. The 53 foot double-wide trailer has been outfitted to roll across the country for ten months, helping people understand who struggles with hunger in America* and hopefully engage in advocacy to end it.
Some sobering statistics:
1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. That's 42 million people.
13.1 million American children struggle with hunger.
5.7 million seniors are food insecure.
11.7% of NJ households were food insecure in 2012-2014.
These facts are particularly compelling at a time when SNAP (Food Stamps)** is under fire and programs like Meals on Wheels are in jeopardy.
* To read stories about the face of Hunger in America today, click here.
To dispel 8 myths about hunger, click here.
**In FY 2015, an average of 45.7 million Americans relied on SNAP to put food on the table. Nearly 2/3 of those are children (44%), seniors (11%) and people with disabilities. Governmental spending on SNAP has been declining, meaning less funds are available to individuals and families, 90% of whom have incomes below the poverty line. To see how difficult it is to feed a family on SNAP benefits, click here and make a meal for Joaquin on the SNAP allowance. Could you feed your children adequately on this amount?
here and make a meal for Joaquin on the SNAP allowance. Could you feed your children adequately on this amount?