I am interning at a non-profit called Move For Hunger this summer in an effort to learn more about the issues of hunger and food waste and and figure what I can do to help allleviate these problems in my community.
46.5 million Americans are impacted by food insecurity; that's 1 in 7. Hunger is present in nearly every community, and the face of hunger is different than one might think. It could be your neighbor, your coworker, your friend. Many of the people served by our nation's network of food banks and food pantries have jobs. Many are raising families. Some are veterans who have served our country.
Underemployment, stagnant wages and a rising cost of living are making it harder for many to make ends meet. People are forced to choose between paying their rent and feeding their families.
At the same time, nearly 40% of food in America is being wasted; food that could be nourishing the nearly 12 million children that don't always know where their next meal is coming from.
Move for Hunger is working to help bridge the gap between hunger and food waste, both in our community and nation-wide, but these efforts cost money. Please consider making a donation today.