July 11, 2017 > Compassion Report
Submitted By Sr. Marie Annette Burkart
Breaking the Cycle of Hunger! Do you know that one-sixth of Americans do not have enough food to eat? Hunger has no social boundaries. While it seems that unemployment rates and economic growth are improving after the 2008 recession, there is a widening gap as families struggle to make choices between food and utilities, food and transportation, food and medical care or food and housing. Less than 9% of the 48 million hungry Americans are homeless. (www.hungerfight.org)
Hardworking adults, children and seniors on fixed incomes simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food. How do they cope? Some of their solutions are to depend on school lunch programs, buy inexpensive, unhealthy but filling food or water down food and drink. These quick fixes only add to the multiple problems of poor nutrition and obesity. We all know that the lack of adequate nutrition affects cognitive and behavioural development as well as physical growth, resulting in irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
A huge shift has taken place, the face of hunger has changed and the number of food pantries has mushroomed. It is no longer a question of Òemergency foodÓ for temporary relief, but rather a need for a supplemental food source. The need is greater than ever with underemployment, low wages, rising cost of living and proposed cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps.
What can we as citizens of Compassionate Fremont do?
1. Have and teach respect for food.
2. Be mindful not to waste food. Cut the blemish away, it is still edible.
3. Share the produce of your garden with others or a food bank.
4. Come to an evening of information ÒBreaking the Cycle of Hunger.Ó
5. Educate yourself, volunteer and advocate for the hungry in our city.
Breaking the Cycle of Hunger
Monday, July 24
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont