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October 20, 2011

National Food Day

by PBUnitedWay

Monday, October 24, 2011 is National Food Day. The goal of Food Day is to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable way.

Some 50 million Americans are “food insecure,” or near hunger. Food insecurity is the USDA’s measure of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability to nutritionally adequate food. Deep-rooted social problems, such as poverty, unemployment, and crime, contribute to this problem. Solving the problem will require education, community-engagement, job programs, increasing the availability of affordable, healthy food and much more.

According to Feeding America, 212,500 people in Palm Beach County are food insecure. Of that, 71,970 are children. That’s 26.7% of all children in the county who do not have access to affordable, healthy food. Sadly, many go hungry.

Below, is the story of Lily. She is 7-years-old and worries about where her next meal will come from. She often goes to the local food pantry with her family. Though Lily is just a Muppet, her story is very real and one that should not be ignored. She represents the estimated 17 million children in America (that’s nearly 1 in 4) that have limited or uncertain access to affordable and nutritious food — more than half of whom are under age 6.

On National Food Day, we encourage you to educate yourself about the food issues within your community and find a way to help. You could volunteer at a local pantry, serve food at a homeless shelter, go gleaning, organize a food drive, ask Members of Congress to support the Eat Real agenda, make a donation….. every little bit helps.  Even just by sharing this post with friends and family, you’re making a difference.

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