September is Hunger Action Month

One very real indicator of health disparities is the prevalence of hunger in communities across the United States. Food insecurity is a health issue for both nutrient-based health reasons and psychological ones.

As children head back to school this month and rely on healthy food to get them through the day, Feeding America has declared September “Hunger Action Month”. It is a day when Feeding America’s network of food banks work together to encourage individuals in their communities to take action to lessen the pressures facing one in six people in the U.S. who are at risk of hunger.

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Congressional Hunger Games

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It would seem that many of our politicians are playing hunger games with the most vulnerable in our nation. Living on $4.50 per day to feed yourself is difficult, especially if you are doing it for longer than a week and it is not the only poverty issue you face. Yet, Senate Democrats voted to cut $4.1 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or about $90 a month in benefits for 500,000 households. At the same time, House Republicans voted to keep farm subsidies, which mostly benefit wealthy individuals and corporations.

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