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Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization, wants everyone to talk about the need for hunger relief in the United States. "Hunger Action Month" is their effort to mobilize the public in September to take action in support of domestic hunger relief.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported on September 7 that for the third consecutive year, one in six Americans live in households that are food insecure, including more than 16 million children and more than 5 million seniors.
"The insidious effects of hunger expand well beyond the individual who struggles daily for his or her next nutritious meal. Hunger significantly impacts our nation’s economy, education, healthcare, and, ultimately, workforce productivity," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America. "Feeding America encourages everyone to play a role throughout September in raising awareness around the issue of hunger."
Recent bills in Congress could significantly weaken "the nutrition safety net," according to Escarra. Among the changes proposed by the House would be cuts to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
"While our nation faces many serious challenges today, the costs of children growing up hungry and seniors spending a lifetime working hard and retiring hungry are great. Hunger is simply one battle we cannot afford to lose," said Escarra.
GreaterGood.org supports Feeding America's food banks through contributions from The Hunger Site's "Click Here To Give" program and Gifts That Give More offered on the GreaterGood Network websites.