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[Infographic] Hunger in America

February 23, 2013

This week's infographic, courtesy of Feeding America and Upworthy, expands on last week's theme, disparities in diet-related diseases in NYC, to illustrate the growing problem of hunger in America.

That so much want exists amidst so much plenty will come as a surprise to many. And yet, as David Nasby, a former vice president of the General Mills Foundation and founder of the nation's first food bank network, noted in a speech a few years ago: "Tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child's schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach. Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn't make ends meet. Perhaps it's an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries. The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America."

 

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Is hunger a problem in your community? What, if anything, is your local community foundation doing to address it? And how do we eliminate the stigma that so often attaches to going hungry in a society where eating out is a national pastime and almost everything is super-sized? Share your thoughts in the comments section below....

-- Mitch Nauffts

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