When we think of hungry people, we tend to picture starving children in Third World countries with distended bellies and sticklike bodies. For most of us, it is hard to realize that right here in the United States nearly 32 million Americans go to bed hungry. Nearly 5.5 million of these are children under the age of 12.
Why, in a land that produces enough food to feed its people as well as people in many other countries, are we faced with the reality of hungry Americans?
The causes of hunger in today’s America are very different from those of a decade ago. While agricultural technology (the ability to plant, grow, and harvest stronger, more nourishing, and more abundant crops) has advanced, hunger persists because of poverty.
The ability to produce a sufficient food supply does not mean a nation will eliminate hunger, according to … Read the rest