Food insecurity, the lack of access to enough food for everyone in a household, affects 1 in 6 Americans. That means that someone you know is probably facing hunger on a fairly regular basis.
For many, food stamps, or SNAP benefits are a way to put food on the table. Now, however, lawmakers responsible for making funding decisions about the program are finalizing a bill that would cut that aid, which could mean less food on the table for families that rely on it.
What’s more, according to The Food Recovery Network Director of Member Support, Sara Gassman, “40% of food produced in the U.S is tossed out.” 40%. While 1 in 6 are going hungry.
So what’s to be done? Gassman explained how her group works. “We’ve streamlined the process. It’s about students gathering, talking to partners, talking to the dining office, and then working with everyone to figure out how to coordinate a program. If you’re doing recoveries every night, you need a strong volunteer base.” That’s where you come in.
Last fall, we told you about the Stony Brook University Food Pantry, which provides free food to members of their community who need it. And while we’re not affiliated with the Channel 1 Regional Food Bank, we do know about them because of the Google alert we’ve set up. And since we’re based in New York City, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention City Harvest, a group that recovers and distributes food from restaurants around the city.
Lastly, Gassman shared a group similar to hers but that was focused on high school cafeterias, The Campus Kitchen.
On today’s show, Keith Kocinski told you about a Democracy in action class in Vermont that chose to take on the issue of hunger in the United States but creating, and sharing a cookbook designed to work with what a family is able to buy on a typical SNAP budget each week of just $30. To obtain a copy of the book, you can email one of the students featured in the piece.
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