Does Hunger and Poverty Still Exist?

Todays Health

February 21st, 2018

Today hunger and poverty still exists in the year 2018 and will continue to do so. I wrote the article in quotes approx 6 years ago on this same website to bring to the world how serious our world hunger really is. With the fact, it might be good to reexamine the stats as to where we are today. In the past we have ignored the fact that hunger and poverty was just someone else s problem. It was in some other country, or it was in some other state, or neighborhood. Now we can no longer hide our heads in the sand.

Hunger Is Very Real Today!

Today we are more aware of the present problem, but HOW BAD IS IT?

2013 Facts

The fact still lies that 1 in 6 people in America face are facing hunger. The USDA defines “food insecurity” another technical word for Hunger, “As the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members”. In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food
insecurity rate than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure. More and more people are relying on food banks and pantries.
49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. In the US, hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.

2015 Facts

While 2015 had revealed that our economy was recovering, our hungry Americans are not any better. Hunger still remains at record highs.
This is a plain fact, there is not enough food to feed every man, woman and child in America.

49 million or 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure,
Food insecurity means living at risk of hunger and not knowing where their next meal is coming from. This had not changed.
Nearly 16 million or 1 in 5 children are living in a food insecure household
Hungry children cannot thrive — their physical, intellectual and emotional developments are limited.

NOW……. 4.8 million seniors (age 60+) face choices between paying rent, utilities and having enough nutritious food.

1 in 7 Americans live at or below the poverty level.

1 in 7 Americans use SNAP benefits
(formerly known as Food Stamps). Proposed changes to SNAP mean fewer people will be able to access benefits and will turn to the America network for help.

2017 Facts

Poverty and hunger in America often go hand in hand, but they are not thesame. Poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity, rather, it’s one of many associated factors.Research shows that unemployment, lower household assets and certain demographic characteristics can also be key predictors of food insecurity among people living in the U.S.

POVERTY STATISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES

As of 2016, 40.6 million people (12.7%) live in poverty. 22.8 million (11.6%) of people age 18-64 live in poverty. Yet now 13.3 million (18% percent) children under the age of 18 live in poverty. 4.6 million (9.3%) seniors 65 and older live in poverty.

The overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 13.9 percent, significantly higher than the
comparable official poverty rate of 12.7%.

Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 44.6 million people living in poverty, 3.9 million more than are represented by the comparable official poverty measure (40.7 million).

OUR COUNTRY IS HUNGRY

More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger and if you are among the African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3children going to bed hungry. Did you know that over 20 million children receive free or
reduced-price lunch each school-day. This very same group, less than half of them get breakfast. Then even less of those, approximately 10% have any access to summer meals. Our lunch programs only 87% percent are set up for breakfast, and just 36% for summer programs. The stats indicate that people, adults and children, only 1 out of every 7 are actually enrolled in the supplemental NutritionAssistance Program (SNAP) and from what I could gather more than half of those were children.

Todays Health Comments

We have progressed little. The stats are still there, and of course they mean little if we are not concerned about them. There are many agencies trying to fulfill the need. There are many Non profit organizations as well. Throughout all these organizations we would have a lot more deaths do to Hunger if it were not for their involvement. The root of the problem is that poverty is one of the factors, and that is not going away. Our country had less poverty than any other nation at one time, now that is far from the truth.
A factor to consider is we are also very wasteful. This fact blew me away, 40% of all food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans today.

 

“Today Health Article ( Reprint from TodaysHealthsite.com)
February 6th, 2012

Today we can no longer ignore the fact that hunger, poverty, and deaths are or have been forgotten! The numbers are so staggering, why are they literally being forgotten? Perhaps you have no idea hunger is even a fact of life. Or even more so, just struggling to keep your own family fed, that you have not taken into consideration, that you are not alone.

Childrens Hunger

Well, if you are one of the 1 in 6 people who are Hungry.

About how many…

The facts regarding the hunger numbers, are all over the place, the problem is that the last three years have continued to soar, and percentages have been from a 15% to 20% increase. Some numbers being thrown out are as high as 46 million that are now facing hunger in the USA. The Global, has thrown up a number as high 900+ million, a staggering number in itself… but the deaths of children under 5 is the most critical… 16,000 to 25,000 a day. .

Forgotten Hunger

Yes, that fact was today day, yet did you see anything about hunger and this staggering number in the News today, yesterday, or the day before. If there was anything in the world that would occur other than hunger and starvation… with those dramatic numbers… it would be headline news for days. Yet our world including the has chosen this subject to be not news worthy. For this reason, those in poverty are not only not fed, but going hungry, dying, and being forgotten as well

Sources for Libya comparison…The 2011 Libyan conflict/civil war has been difficult to get accurate death tolls for. Wikipedia lists a number of different sources that say between 10,000 and 30,000 deaths between February and September 2011 (though not all go as far as September).At 21,000 child deaths per day, that would be approximately 0.5 to 1.5 days.
Sources for Haiti comparison…The BBC reports that “Haiti’s government says about 230,000 people died” in the devastating earthquake in January 2010, although later, a minister said there were 217,000 verified deaths. At 20,860 deaths per day, that would be 10 – 11 days approximately.
Sources for Asia Tsunami comparison… This site’s article, Asian Tsunami in December 2004, notes that approximately 230,000 people died in that disaster. At 20,860 deaths per day, that would be about 11 days.
Sources for Iraq comparison… For the Iraq estimate, the John Hopkins study (reported in the Lancet) found 400,000 to 950,000 deaths since the 2003 Iraq invasion (average of some 655,000). Dividing 400,000 by 20,860 gives 19, and 950,000 by 20,860 gives 46, approximately.

The media… had no report. This has been news each and every day for the last three years. Would you listen to the fact that 1 out 6 children are going to bed hungry in our own country? We were, once the” Land of the Plenty”… now the “Land of the Hungry”. A blunt fact, as this article is being written and published, another 16,000 to 25,000 children will die of hunger.

Why Does The Fact Not Bother You?

It tears me up, to think that children in this country and across the globe are dying of hunger or suffering from something so apparent, yet mankind has closed their eyes and their hearts to this staggering problem. We have pushed the problem of Hunger under the rug, till it can no longer go unnoticed. “The Problem”, if it does not bother you now, it will be soon be knocking on our doors in other ways.

Cost of Hunger

Although there have been little numbers posted for 2011 as yet, I feel they will support even greater numbers due to the numbers coming in regarding the food assistance programs. The hunger cost that are piling up, approximately 167 billion, a combination of economic production, more expensive public education, affordable health care costs, and charities needed to keep families fed.
A reminder that this $167.5 billion does not include the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the other key federal nutrition programs, which run at about $94 billion a year. We could call this $167.5 billion America’s hunger bill because in 2010 it cost every citizen $542 due to the far-reaching consequences of hunger in our nation. At the household level the hunger bill came to at least $1,410 in 2010. Considering this was last years numbers, the actual cost of hunger and food insecurity to our nation is probably higher.

Today’s Health Comments

Today it really is hard to digest (understand) that we have forgotten those in need, that face hunger due to poverty, and deaths due to starvation… are being swept away silently. If any other crisis, with such great magnitude of loss, it would be front page news and discussed regarding such tragic loss. This is for you to understand that a child under 5, dies every 6 seconds in the world. When are we going to tell the rest of the world, but that is not needed, for they are living it. Yet, we have our own crisis that is increasing rapidly, and 1 out of 6 of our children are going to bed hungry! There has been no mention how their parents were coping. Most would gladly give to their children before feeding themselves. What about the elderly? Why is this a crisis that no one wants to hear about? Is this crisis so far out of control… that we just look the other way. Perhaps it’s time to reach out to others… and think the next time… how much of your food was thrown away last week. I read that last year alone, 95 million dollars worth of food and liquids were discarded. Does that really make any sense at all. Hunger and waste must get together. I am sure that our world would be a healthier place.”

Doug
Author and Owner

February 7th, 2012 | Tags: “Children”, “Deaths”, “Hunger”, “Hungry”, “Poverty” | Category: Todays Hunger”

 

 

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