Ten percent of US Households Were Food Insecure in 2021
The US Department of Agriculture has recently released a report about household levels of food (in)security in the US in 2021. One key finding is that more than 10% of households in the US were food insecure. Here's the link to the full report -- Household Food Security in the United States in 2021 (usda.gov) And, here's the link to a letter from the Alliance to End Hunger about the report -- https://alliancetoendhunger.org/alliance-to-end-hunger-statement-on-usda-2021-food-security-report/
Here's a recent Statement from the Alliance to End Hunger about the dire and rising rates of hunger around the world and in the U.S.
Statement on the Release of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 Report
WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021) – The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
“The Alliance to End Hunger joins the global food security and nutrition community in our alarm and dismay at the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition reported in the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. The report, also known as the SOFI report, is an annual joint publication of five United Nations agencies: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO.
The report, released on Monday, portrays a grim picture in which a confluence of factors – climate, conflict, political and economic instability, and now the global COVID-19 pandemic – have led to rising hunger for the sixth year in a row. Between 720 million and 811 million people faced hunger in 2020, representing an estimated 18 percent rise in the prevalence of hunger in a single year.
Rising hunger and malnutrition have not impacted everyone the same. The growing impacts of hunger highlight social and economic inequities faced within countries and regions around the world, with women and children affected disproportionately.
We are not on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030, and the world must commit to prioritizing the eradication of hunger and malnutrition. With the upcoming U.N. Food Systems Summit, Nutrition for Growth summit, and COP 26, the Alliance to End Hunger is urging the Biden Administration to strongly commit to global food security and nutrition through its representation on the global stage, and to lead on these critical issues.
We know what we have to do to end hunger and malnutrition everywhere, but it will take the concerted and unwavering actions at all levels – civil society, communities, companies, governments, and individuals – to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.”
Please take a moment to read this important post and see the images from across the U.S. that speak to the food insecurity: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/02/magazine/food-insecurity-hunger-us.html
World Resources Institute, WRI, is a global research organization that works at the nexus of the environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. One of their programs focuses on food and has a project called Champions 12.3. This coalition is dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030 — cutting in half per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.
Here's the website for anyone who want to register for the virtual BIFAD meeting on June 4. The meeting will focus on the impact of the pandemic on food security and nutrition in developing countries.
For over 25 years Fotokids (https://fotokidsoriginal.org/about/), originally called Out of the Dump, has worked in Guatemala as a non-profit organization breaking the cycle of poverty through training in visual arts and technology. Over the years, the project has grown to provide services to children from poverty- and violence-stricken communities around the country. Today, Fotokids provides services to more than 215 children, aged nine to 23, located in six communities in Guatemala, and more recently in the Central Valley of California working with children of farmworkers.
Here is a "white flag" note from a recent Fotokids fundraising e-newsletter about hunger that may move poets to pick up the pen...
Many families in Guatemala are hanging white flags on their doors to ask for food. In a country where 59% live in poverty and most make less than $5 a day we [Fotokids] are using some of our resources to provide food baskets for our neediest families.
You can find out how to help on the organization's webpage: https://fotokidsoriginal.org/
You can also use this story as a prompt if you would like to respond to our Call to Action: https://www.poetryxhunger.com/now-more-than-ever.html
Here's a late-March 2020 article by the folks at Feeding America with projected levels of increased food insecurity caused by the pandemic:
Three scenarios are described that, depending on the level of job losses, could mean that 4 - 17 million more Americans will be food insecure compared to pre-pandemic levels of 37 million -- it all depends on the extent of job/income losses.
Hiram LarewWed, Apr 22, 11:17 AM (1 day ago)
Global report on food crises is now out: https://www.fsinplatform.org/global-report-food-crises-2020
The 2020 edition of The Global Report on Food Crises describes the scale of acute hunger in the world. It provides an analysis of the drivers that are contributing to food crises across the globe, and examines how the COVID-19 pandemic might contribute to their perpetuation or deterioration. The report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises, an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger.
A recent article by Roger Thurow about how the pandemic has showcased hunger in America.
Here's a note from a daily newsletter called The Hill. This particular email focuses on food that's being wasted during the pandemic.
Poetry X Hunger
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