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According to a recent survey, one in 10 adults went without a basic need (food, medicine, or health care) in order to provide food for another family member.
"Before conducting the survey, we knew that the incidence of hunger had been rising in the years since the economic downturn. Nevertheless, we were disturbed to learn that so many adults are being forced to choose between eating or buying medicine," said James Taylor, president of Sodexo, Inc.'s Senior Living Division and a member of Generations United's Board of Directors. "People should never have to choose between such basic needs. Nor should they have to worry that someone close to them lacks access to nutritious food. We're a large and prosperous country and we must address this issue head on, for the good of us all."
This month, Generations United released the survey results in a new report, Hunger and Nutrition: What's at Stake for Children, Families & Older Adults, during an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
In it, they state that the majority of US adults (more than 70%) think that policymakers should prevent cuts to existing federal food assistance programs for children, youth, and older adults.
"With this report, we want our policymakers to see all sides of the hunger issue: who's hungry; why people are unable to afford nutritious food; how individuals and communities are coping; and what the various sectors of society need to do to help," said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United.
A full copy of the report is available at www.gu.org.