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Food Shortages in America

While you might be cleaning off your restaurant flatware, there are others out there who are trying to get a decent meal. Today, we’re going to talk about a subject which is uncomfortable, but a necessary one to broach: food shortage. We’ve touched on some things that you can do (like eating ugly vegetables) to help do your part to reduce the food waste.

Let’s take a look at some of the statistics about poverty and food security. These are from feedingamerica.org – a nonprofit devoted to solving the food shortage problems in America.

For one, food insecurity is everywhere. It’s not just something that you can ignore because it’s not in your area. And, as it’s one of those embarrassing topics for you and your friends to talk about – it might be something that your friends are going through and you don’t have a clue.

  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 4% in Slope County, ND to a high of 33% in Humphreys County, MS.

  • 14% of households in 2014 were food insecure. 6% of households experienced very low food security. In total, this represents over 24 million households within the United States.

  • 46.7 million people were in poverty in 2014.

These statistics, combined with the fact that food prices are rising, means that more people are going to the food banks, placing a strain on those. It also means that there are more people out there who just need help. As restaurants who specialize in preparing delicious food, what can you do to help out your fellow man?



2015-10-23 00:00:00
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