Guest blogger: Evelien van Marle
Evelien is an international exchange student from the Netherlands, studying at UCM for a semester.
Food and Hunger in the United States
Have you ever said to some one “I am hungry”!? And have them reply, “You are not hungry! Kids in Africa are hungry! You just have an appetite.” This has happened to me multiple times and every time I hear this I think maybe they are right. I don’t know what it feels like to be actually hungry, to not have food, to not get fed every couple of hours. I don’t know how it is to wonder when I will eat next.
A couple of weeks ago the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. This was major; they hadn’t won for 30 years. To celebrate their victory, Kansas City held a parade. Schools closed so kids could go to the parade. That’s nice I thought. Until I heard that closing the school meant that some kids would not eat that day. A kid would go hungry because school closed and the food he got in a day, he got at school.
This was absolutely shocking to me. Isn’t the US one of the leading countries in the world with one of the biggest economies? Why are kids going hungry? According to Feeding America, they provided food for 46.5 million people in 2014. And this is only Feeding America providing food. In total 1 out of 6 Americans is facing hunger. The video below gives a good image of regular families who cannot afford groceries. This is not only a problem in the US, but all over the world. It is not only developing countries that face hunger, but developed countries as well.
So why are we not doing more? Why do we waste all this food? Each year in the US, about 500 million tons of food is thrown away. Everyday good food is thrown away, just because nobody bought it. The food waste cost about $2000, – per household. I would encourage you to look at this article that discusses some facts about waste in America.
I know the problem lies in money, but why are we not doing more? When we are talking about kids being hungry, we are talking about our future being hungry. They cannot concentrate on school, on making something of their lives, in these conditions. Why are we letting all this food go to waste, while we could feed people with it? There are more people overweight now a day, then that there are people that are hungry. We should all be more careful with our food waste and we need to work together to come up with a way to stop our future from being hungry.