Ending Hunger in America

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Over the past year-and-a-half, many guests have visited the Moyers & Company studio to talk about the impact of growing economic inequality in America, and the shrinking government programs that serve the poor. Here are five ways that you can fight hunger in your community.

1. Track legislation and contact your representatives. To stay on top of new bills related to hunger and food policy, visit the Legislative Action Center at the FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) website. You can also read about FRAC’s 2013 anti-hunger priorities and the related congressional deadlines to keep in mind throughout the year.

2. Encourage your representatives or neighbors to take the SNAP challenge. Use Slate’s interactive map to see how many people in your county are on food stamps. Call your representative and tell him or her that you think they should take the challenge for a week to better understand what it’s like to feed your family on a budget of $4 per day.

3. Coordinate a food drive at your local food bank or launch a virtual food drive online.

5. Hold a house concert. Artists Against Hunger and Poverty is a project of Why Hunger?, a nonprofit group that also runs the National Hunger Clearinghouse, a website and 800-number that directs those in need to food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs and model grassroots organizations. If you are a music fan, hold a house concert to raise awareness and funds in your community. If you are a musician you can sign up to join the effort.

If you need help, find out whether you qualify for government programs or food pantries.

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  • Suzanne Timmer

    How can it be that in the richest (or what was once the richest) country on this earth, people, especially vulnerable populations such as seniors and children, are going hungry? We have enough food production to feed everyone. Let’s do it because its the right thing to do. We are our brother’s keeper – those who are able must care for those less fortunate. The concept of noblesse oblige – that privilege entails responsibility, must remain a deeply embedded character trait of this nation. Without it we are nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/del.ketcham Del Ketcham

    I strongly suggest that all read Mark Winnie’s book,”Closing the Food Gap-Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty.” Food Banks have their place but if we want to really solve the hunger problem we need to do much more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ckmorrow Curtis Kojo Morrow

    Wonderful:-) He’s going to present us with SOLUTIONS, I’ll be watching & listening-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sona-Mason/1098879756 Sona Mason

    I’m afraid I stil need to see a skinny hungry Amrican to be convinced of this. the only skinny ones are those trying to maintain a low weight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathie.brobeck Kathie Brobeck

    a fat person can be malnourished also. Will die of high bloodpressure, diabetes, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/betty.campbell.75873 Betty Campbell

    Peace Song (Prayer Request) “Peace Begin with Me” is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebW64UDALeg. Dear God, Thank you for “peace Begin with Me.” May it be used to gather food for the food banks and provide shelter for the homeless. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
    “Verse 1 – Peace begin with me, may your blessing be upon this troubled land, for the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, we need your healing hand.
    Verse 2 – Help us oh God to speak the truth even when we stand alone, give us strength and courage to stand for justice for all your children.
    Verse 3 – Please grant your grace to our government to those who must decide, give them wisdom and guidance and show them the way that justice may prevail.
    Chorus – Please bless this land from shore to shore, be in our hearts and minds, forgive our sins teach us to pray, we worship you oh God.”
    Copyright 2012 Betty Campbell

  • Faith A. Colburn

    I wonder if we really do produce enough food in the U.S. to feed ourselves. A large proportion of what we produce is commodities like wheat and corn and soybeans which we export to other countries. Do we produce enough tomatoes and broccoli and strawberries and peaches in this country to feed the people who need a balanced diet? Could the people who struggle to put enough food on the table afford the food if it were produced locally and NOT wrapped in so much packaging? how much does it cost the retailer to wax cucumbers and tomatoes? The fact that so many citizens of this country have trouble getting enough to eat raises many questions about why that’s the case. Poverty, of course, is at the base of the problem, but what kind of food system might work better?