National Nutrition Month may be almost over, but the fight to feed the more than 50 million Americans (1 in 6) who are hungry and do not have access to enough food, continues all year long. According to Feeding America, unemployment, rather than poverty, is a stronger predictor of food insecurity, and because of the recent recession and skyrocketed unemployment rates, more Americans than ever are finding it hard to feed their families. According to statistics on their site, in 2011, 5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.1 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.
The need is great, but there are many ways to get involved in the fight to end hunger. Please consider donating food, or your time at a food pantry, raising funds through a hunger walk, or donating directly to an organization like Feeding America. Organize a traditional or virtual food drive within your community or workplace, with donations going to a local food pantry or food bank. My colleague Melissa Gilman, RD wrote an excellent blog post on the need for healthy, wholesome food, with a list of best items to donate to food pantries, and helpful links to find your local food pantries.
Please spread the word also, by watching this YouTube video and sending it along to someone you know.
Help everyone to eat well!