1 in 5 Americans go hungry
and the new face of hunger is shocking; it looks just like you and me
Active Military Personnel & Veterans:
San Diego is the proud home to several military bases, but sadly at several of these bases charities are needed to distribute food weekly for active military personnel
To learn more about Camp Pendleton Distribution Dates at the Abby Reinke Community Center or Murphy Canyon Military Housing Distribution go to http://www.jfssd.org
Senior Citizens on fixed incomes:
What is called the "Greatest Generation" suffers in large numbers mostly in the shadows of America. Programs exist to help, but hundreds of thousands don't sign up. Many seniors suffer from malnutrition and hunger, because they have to choose between utilities, medications, and food while on fixed incomes. Not surprisingly seniors who suffer from hunger also suffer from declining health and increased medical costs. Besides the suffering, it costs taxpayers even more than if they had received the help they needed to get healthy food. You can make a difference! Encourage seniors who might need assistance to call 2-1-1 or go to http://Sandiegohungercoalition.org to learn more.
Children: Over 150,000 children go to bed hungry in San Diego, and in the US it is over 17 million. Sadly, for many children the only meals they consistently get are at school. Hungry kids don't do well in the classroom and kids who don't do well in school later don't do well in the job market. Paradoxically many of these kids also suffer from obesity, because their diet consists of high calorie cheap fast foods. Obese children grow up to be obese adults with serious health issues. Our country's future is our children, we need tomorrow's work force educated and healthy for the US to compete in the world economy. The issue is so great it has become a National Security issue according to the Pentagon.
"More than a third of American youth of military age are unfit for service, mainly because they are too fat or sickly, the Army Times reports, quoting the latest Pentagon figures. "The major component of this is obesity," Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon's director of accessions, tells the Times. "We have an obesity crisis in the country. There's no question about it.
Diverting just 20% of what we waste would feed 25 million people daily
Go to http://feedingamerica.org/faces-of-hunger/hunger-101/child-hunger-facts.aspx to learn more and see how you can help.