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Why are People Hungry

Hunger Myths vs. Reality

Myth:

People are too lazy to work, they should just get jobs.

Reality:

Thirty-two percent (32%) of households utilizing food shelves and soup kitchens report at least one working adult in the home. Unfortunately, their average wage is $8.39 per hour which doesn’t allow their family to cover the basic need of food, shelter and clothing. In fact, Jobs Now Coalition reports that a family of four, with two working parents needs to earn $10.21 per hour each just to cover basic needs.
Our growing population of the elderly cannot simply “get a job” and go back to work. Many seniors have worked hard all their lives to find that social security doesn’t cover the cost of prescription medications, health care and their basic needs.

Myth:

Childhood hunger doesn’t exist, just look at the obesity rates for children in the U.S.

Reality:

Obesity has become a serious public health problem among American children. The problem affects children from upscale suburbs, to inner cities and to remote rural areas. Unfortunately, the cost of eating healthy – purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables for example, is far more expensive than food high in fat and calories. Families trying to stretch their incomes often find it easier with carbohydrate rich foods.

Myth:

There are plenty of programs out there to take care of the hungry, you don’t need my help.

Reality:

SNAP (Food Assistance), WIC and NAPS exist to supplement a family’s food resources, but they aren’t enough. We rescue and distribute food that might otherwise go to waste to provide a safety net to those who may not qualify for federal programs or who may need extra assistance.

Myth:

Hunger and poverty are brought on by people’s own personal failure.

Reality:

In today’s economic climate we’re seeing people we have never seen before. Nationwide, lost jobs and unemployment have sent people to food shelves, soup kitchens, and our programs to cover their basic need for food.