Chapter 14_2011

Chapter 14_2011 - Chapter 14 Hunger at Home and Abroad What...

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Chapter 14 Hunger at Home and Abroad
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What Is Food Insecurity and Why Does It Exist? Food secure vs. food insecure Food security ranges (Table 14.1) Food insecurity: inability to satisfy basic food needs due to lack of financial resources or other problems In 2010, 14.5% of US households are food insecure; this translates to 48.8 million people of whom 16.2 million are children (USDA, 2011) Groups most affected: households with incomes below the poverty line (40.2%); households with children headed by a single woman (35.1%); households with children headed by a single man (25.4%); highest in the South (USDA, 2011)
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Spectrum of Food Security Figure 14.2
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Updated and More About the Statistics http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodSecurity/stats_graphs.htm
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Employment Does Not Equal Guaranteed Food Security Steady employment does not guarantee that an individual or family won’t experience food insecurity In 2003, about 7.4 million individuals were classified among the working poor , which are households in which, once the monthly expenses are paid, there is often too little money available to feed everyone adequately People living in poverty often try to shop for value, opting for cheap food rather
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Figure 14.5 Employment Status of Food-Secure Households
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What Causes Hunger? Domestic hunger often caused by poverty, illness or lack of opportunity Disease, disability, or illness: Chronically ill or disabled less likely to earn steady income and at risk for poor diet Increased risk for further illnesses Drug and alcohol abuse also common causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness Mental illness another common cause of
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http://feedingamerica.org/# http://feedingamerica.org/faces-of-hunger/hunger-101/qu Feeding America: largest hunger-relief organization in U.S. – formerly known as America’s Second Harvest
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Hunger Among Us (And How You Can Help – and Have Helped!) You all have helped this semester by volunteering your time at Harvest Hope Food Bank, a participating member of Feeding America www.harvesthope.org THANK YOU!
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Developed, Developing, and Underdeveloped Countries Around the World Figure 15.2
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