July 08, 2016
Since joining Move For Hunger, I've learned that 48.1 million Americans, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children, are food insecure. That's 1 in 7 Americans, 1 in 5 children. They could be college students, senior citizens, your neighbors, or even your own family. Almost 60,000 people in Monmouth County alone are food insecure. Summertime is when many of those who are hungry are at their most insecure, especially children because school is out. In my time here, I've also learned that ending hunger is not insolvable, but rather completely within our grasp. Only 1.2 lbs of food is required for a single meal, which is usually less than $3.00. If we reach my goal, we can provide 500 meals to those who need it most. What I would like most though is for all of you who visited my page to simply be aware of this often obscure but extremely pervasive and serious issue, and take action in smaller ways. Reduce your own food waste. Oppose cuts to SNAP programs in your area if the issue ever comes up. Perhaps you can even hold your own food drive. Awareness is most of the battle. After that, action, even in the smallest of ways, comes easily and has greater ripple effects than you think.