(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
“Food Insecurity” – A lack of nutritional food
AGJ AAUW has conducted public forums for the education of hunger in America. We held the viewing of a Place in the Table along with a large donation of peanut butter & jelly for area food pantries. Peanut butter & jelly is the one of the first items for food pantries to run out of. During the time we were collecting food a couple of area classrooms held their own food collection.
On September 26th, AAUW District IV held their annual conference and the theme is “Food Insecurities – The Next Step.” Who else in our community could use help with hunger?
Recently, a news cast reported that more than 50% of children in the classrooms in America have gone hungry. Many schools are now able to make school meals free for all children which helps to eliminate the fear of the embarrassment and shame that a family can’t afford to feed their children. There is another group of students who have been hit harder than in the past centuries – college students. You have always heard of the few students who didn’t have money to feed themselves. But now the numbers have increased significantly. Many universities across the nation have made food pantries available to their students.
Feeding America, a network of some 46,000 emergency food service agencies in the United States, releases its Hunger in America report once every four years. This latest iteration of the report, which is based on a survey of more than 60,000 Feeding America clients, is the first to include data about college students in need of emergency food services1.
Full-time students generally do not qualify for food stamps unless they are the sole supporters of a child younger than 12, said Alex Ashbrook, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an organization that seeks to reduce hunger among District residents.2
1 The hunger crisis in America’s universities By Ned Resnikoff (08/18/14 12:33 AM— UPDATED 09/03/14 04:59 PM)
2 More college students battle hunger as education and living costs rise By Tara Bahrampour (April 9, 2014)