Posted on September 7, 2022
Hunger Action Month with Feeding America
Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice.
Last night, my family was choosing what to have for dinner. We talked through endless options. We could make pasta, but we couldn’t decide between brands of sauce we had. We could eat out, but we couldn’t decide where we all would enjoy. We ended up raiding our pantry for what each of us wanted and made four separate items to meet our individual tastes. This happens more often than I’d like to admit. The point is, though, that we had choices. Lots and lots of great choices.
For millions of people in America, a daily meal can often be an impossible choice between food and other critical needs—like medicine, utilities or childcare. It is not the choice of what to eat. The choice is if they eat.
We know hunger exists in every community in the U.S. We also know rural communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by economic instability—like the soaring inflation rate that is the highest it’s been in 40 years. Neighbors who have already been working to overcome the hardships wrought by the effects of the pandemic, are now faced with a 10% increase to buy groceries for their family. When difficult times hit, food can be the first thing people forgo to make ends meet.
For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food and other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare or medicine.
September is Hunger Action Month® and Feeding America wants to encourage everyone to take action to end hunger.
For millions of people in America, a daily meal is a choice between food and other critical needs—like medicine, housing, or transportation. No one should have to make those types of choices.
This September, choose to end hunger.
To learn more about how you can take action this September, please visit: https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/hunger-action-month