Monday, November 22, 2010

Leftovers

Blink:
Last Thursday I wrote about America’s culinary preferences for their Thanksgiving feasts. Today I would like to address the sober topic, the number of people that are not enjoying the bounty of food in our country. According to the USDA, approximately 50 million Americans are food insecure.

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Food insecurity: The limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods for all household members. As stated above, in the USDA’s new study, Household Food Security in the United States, 2009, revealed that 50 million (16.6%) Americans are food insecure – 1 in 6 Americans. More alarming, the report indicated 1 in 4 children; 17 million in total are food insecure. In a report commissioned by Feeding America and The ConAgra Foods Foundation, Child Food Insecurity, failing to provide children with adequate nutrition not only results in health and physical developmental issues, but it impairs their cognitive learning development.

The good news – the Senate unanimously approved the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act in August which commits $4.5 billion to various child nutrition programs over the next ten years. The bad news – the bill is currently stalled in Congress. Why has the bill been stalled? Ironically, members of Congress and anti-hunger groups are protesting the funding because the Senate proposed taking money away from the future food stamps program. I apologize for being repetitive, but bottom-line, we have a hunger problem here in America, just ask the 50 million Americans that might not be enjoying turkey with stuffing, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie Thursday. Maybe Capitol Hill can find the money somewhere else.

So let us all be thankful Thursday for our good fortunes. I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. I am off to New York to celebrate with my family, but will be back Friday with Santa Goes Mobile.

3 comments:

  1. Our tone-deaf Congress wastes precious time on Charlie Rangle when they should be worrying about jobs and hunger. They're not even in session this week at all.

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  2. I'm always curious how we are so generous to give to other countries in need while overlooking those in our own backyard.

    Enjoy the family Jimmy :)

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  3. Jimmy,

    My fear is that those who we elected to serve us will become so entangled with positioning and a desire to be re-elected that they will forget the business-at-hand, whether it be tax cuts, defense, invasion of privacy, or food for the needy.

    Thank you for reminding us that we have much to be thankful for...and that others are not as lucky.

    Have a good Thanksgiving.

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