Writer: Carmina Vital
Date: March 30, 2014
USA Today published an article by Mary Bowerman on March 28, 2014 that addresses America’s epidemic on childhood hunger. The article in intended to bring awareness to our communities that we have children going to bed hungry and going to school hungry and that there is something that can be done to help reduce childhood hunger. According to this article and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children are hungry. That is about 16 million children in the United States. These are not children living in the streets, these are children who live in a home but their homes are considered food insecure. Many children don’t speak up about their hunger because hunger has a social stigma associated with it. It is emotionally shameful to speak up about being hungry when we live in a land where anything can be at our reach. The article promotes Hunger Is campaign which its goal is to help alleviate this epidemic. The campaign is raising funds through hungerls.org and the campaign will kick off at Safeway Grocery Stores beginning April 1, 2014. The funds will be disbursed to help fund for school breakfast throughout the country.
There was a time when I have been watching television and a commercial comes on about childhood hunger in another country. I have been tempted to pick up the phone and make a donation. A dollar a day, a dollar a week, or a dollar a month. Which ever one I prefer and I will be helping the hungry children be a little less hungry. I always thought that in this country you couldn’t really go hungry, not like the children in other countries. Then I declared my major: Child Development. There I learned some of the issues that are affecting our children in the United States. Issues such as childhood hunger.
Childhood hunger is an important issue because there are some people who are unaware of how hungry some of our children in American are. While there is people donating to other countries, those people could be donating to help children in our own country, in our own state, our own city, maybe even our neighbor. Hunger is not as noticeable in this country because the person going hungry could be our neighbor. Just because they have a home does not mean they have food on their plates. I believe that we should be advertising more of our own country’s hungriness than those of others. At least make our communities aware of what can be done to help. Even if it just a dollar a day, a week, or a dollar a month. Anything helps.
Article can be found at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/28/viola-davis-child-hunger/6962841/