Public Sector on Hunger

In one of the wealthiest nations in the world, hunger remains a serious problem. In 2016, 41.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households. Food insecurity, defined as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food, affects every community in the United States (National Conference of State Legislators, 2018). In Arizona the vulnerable population that suffers from hunger and food insecurity is children and homeless individuals. The government and public sector have banded together to create the NCSL Hunger Partnership.

If you are interest check out their website: http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/hunger-parntership-overview-summary.aspx

This group is comprised of state legislator’s and private companies the 2018-2019 roster includes California Senator: Holly Mitchell and private companies such as Kellogg’s: Tanisha Sanders, Stephanie Slingerland, Tracy Mihas. They also have advisory partners such as Feed America: Carrie Calvert.

I was really impressed that we have taken the initiative to come together from the Government Policy and Private Sector to tackle the issue of Hunger and Food Insecurity in the United States of America.

Another group I was super impressed with located is St. Mary’s Food Bank. One in four children in Arizona will grow up in poverty and St. Mary’s Food Bank is one of the longest running food banks in the United States working towards ending hunger. They have Food Banks in various ares in the State, they have community kitchens, and they have food distribution centers.

LEAVE IT TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TO BE SO AMAZING AND CATEGORIZE POLICIES PER COUNTRY

The public sector is having an influence on the government policies on hunger and food insecurity. Hopefully they continue to collaborate and improve the state of this issue. I’m hopeful because the alternative is depressing!


References

National Conference of State Legislators. (n.d.). Hunger Partnership Overview. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/hunger-parntership-overview-summary.aspx

New York Times, & Sun, M. (2018). Minju Sun [New York Times Image ]. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/opinion/hunger-college-food-insecurity.html

St. Mary’s Food Bank. (n.d.). Home – St. Mary’s Food Bank. Retrieved from https://www.firstfoodbank.org/

World Health Organization. (n.d.). Policies in United States of America | Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA). Retrieved from https://extranet.who.int/nutrition/gina/en/policies/1568

3 thoughts on “Public Sector on Hunger

  1. Thank you for your summary of the public and private sector influences on hunger. I have personally performed volunteer work with St. Mary’s Food Bank. It was there that the issue of food insecurity became a stark reality for me. I have been frequently exposed to the hunger statistics in the U.S. as well as Arizona; however, until I actually volunteered my time packing grocery carts full of food and meeting each recipient as I walked the groceries to their car, I didn’t have a face to put all of these statistics to. My volunteer hours at St. Mary’s Food Bank has been one of the most impactful experiences to date, as it brought me face to face with this reality in Arizona. St. Mary’s has a remarkable program to address hunger: from providing food to families in need through their distribution centers, to also providing skills in the food service industry to help individuals sustain consistent employment. They even have exclusive programs in place to address the specific issue of childhood hunger. One more thing that stood out to me during my time there as a volunteer was the type of food they provided at the distribution center: the large majority of it was healthy fruits and vegetables. My expectation of most food distribution centers was that they would provide primarily nonperishable canned goods. While it is hard to be picky or criticize anyone’s efforts to feed and support Arizonians, I also know that a lot of those types of foods can be full of sodium and lacking in nutrients, which only perpetuates the marginalization of these people in need. This is exactly why I was so impressed with the bountiful amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables provide by St. Mary’s. So, at the risk of sounding like I was paid by St. Mary’s Food Bank to write this blog response, I do believe that St. Mary’s has done an excellent job at setting up and sustaining a method to address hunger in Arizona.

    St. Mary’s Food Bank. (n.d.). Home – St. Mary’s Food Bank. Retrieved from https://www.firstfoodbank.org/

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  2. It is distressing that in a country as wealthy as we are, we still have so many people dealing with issues of food insecurity. It is sad also that with limited finances, often times people resort to eating fast food or other food items that lack in nutritional value and have high fat content. One of the other ways that the government has stepped in to solve the food insecurity problem is by providing free lunches to schools within Title 1 districts. The school district that I was in as a child and that my children are also in offer free breakfast and lunch to all of the children. There are also locations around the valley that hand out lunches during times when the kids are not in school to help feed them. Our public library is one of those locations. Additionally programs like meals on wheels serve to feed the elderly who are homebound and may not be able to purchase or fix their own meals. An additional bonus from the meals on wheels program is the fact that the elderly get regular visits from the person delivering their food. Often times this human contact is quite needed as they are often stuck at home and very lonely.

    Craven S. (Dec 14, 2018). Season for sharing: Meals on Wheels delivers more than food. AZ Central. Retrieved from https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2018/12/14/season-sharing-meals-wheels-phoenix/2138331002/

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