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Got Food?

October 2, 2012

Kirby Groome

Professor Johnson

English 101 C01

2 October 2012

Got Food?

            For 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a known problem. Millions of Americans go without food, and struggle with hunger. Often these are hard-working people who are unable to make ends meet, and children who are relying on these hard-working adults. The good news is that there are programs that are designed to help meet the needs of the people that are in this situation. Without the help of many organizations, who are up for meeting the necessities of these people, survival would be nearly impossible.

Hunger does not pick sides. Adult hunger is known to be very serious, and often can end with terrible results. But, little do people know, there are many specialized programs designed to meet the needs of every situation. Examples would be the following:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, S.N.A.P., is the widest known program that is in every state in our country. This helps target the adults who need assistance to get food through the process of EBT cards, and food stamps.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program, T.E.F.A.P., which provides food to low-income families in need of short-term hunger. This could apply to someone who was recently laid off, someone who has just dealt with bankruptcy, etc…

In addition, there are always the generic programs designed to help anyone in need of food, such as soup kitchens, and food banks.

Hunger also does not discriminate between ages. It is sad to think of helpless children hungry in our country, where we are blessed to do as we please, there are people suffering; but just like the programs that are in place for adults struggling, there are programs for children as well. The programs include, but are not limited to:

Kids Café is a program created through Feeding America that gives children free meals, and snacks during after school hours through clubs, and associations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, etc… This is a great opportunity to help the children that need it the most.

Backpack Buddies is a program that is popular widely across the United States. This includes easy-to-fix meals that go home with the child on the weekend, and on days off when other resources are not available.

Feeding America has a unique program called Summer Food. This does exactly what it sounds like, gives food to children during the summer when other resources are not available.

One last program is known as the School Pantry. This program is located on school grounds, and helps give food to families that need can goods, and quick meals. In researching this topic, I came across a story that many Americans can relate to. A school in St. Paul Minnesota has the School Pantry program at a local elementary school. This grandmother raising her grandson often struggles with the necessities of food and relies heavily on the school pantry. She states that, “I wouldn’t know what I’d do without [the school pantry]… this really helps me and my grandson and my son eat…”. Many families can connect to Angela’s story. With the help of these programs, children across our country should be able to receive some sort of help or assistance.

Hunger is a very serious problem in today’s world. Instead of trying to fix third world countries problems, we need to fix our own. Programs such as S.N.A.P., T.E.F.A.P., food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Café, Back Pack Buddies, Summer Food, and school pantries, are really reaching out to assist the needs of Americans that need help and guidance.

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  1. October 8, 2012 8:35 am

    As our economy is getting worse. Our hunger problem here in the US, can only keep getting worse. That is if we just sit back and let it happen. With all these organizations helping out, it makes a huge impact on who ever they deal with.Ii couldnt imagine me going without food for 4 or 5 hours, much less 2 or 3 days. This is a huge topic that is kind of over looked by a lot of people. Its big, but most people just dont realize it.

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