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    By Katie Locke & Lucas Glover (2006)
   Why is hunger in one of the richest
    countries, the United States of America?
               Hunger Nationally – Various statistics.
                           -Minimum Wage
               Hunger in Pennsylvania- Various statistics.
                           -Rural Pennsylvania (solutions)
                           -Pilot Program (solution)
               Revisited: Solutions to ending hunger nationally.
                            -The Fair Minimum Wage Act
                                -nutrition problem
                            -The Hunger Free Commutes Act
               Hunger Nationally
•   Hunger – the uneasy or painful
    sensation caused by lack of
•   Approximately 1 in 10 people
    are in need of food, including 14
    million children and 854,000
•   Why is hunger occurring? The
    Reason: Only 1/3 of the hunger

    cases are investigated. Enough
    food supplied?
               Hunger Nationally
o   The Second Harvest
    reported 36% of the people
    they fed were age 18 or
o   Of that 36%, 42% reported
    that they had to choose
    between food or paying for
    medicine, rent or their bills.
o   It’s estimated that
    49,000,000 Americans
    could be fed with the food
    that is frivolously wasted in

    the US.
                 Hunger Nationally
   Nutrition and health care problems
    could be taken care of with about 13
    billion dollars a year.
   This seems like a pretty steep price,
    but you must put it into perspective.
   Americans spend around 13 billion
    dollars a year on their pet’s food.
   Pets need fed along with your fellow
   This problem is not caused by a lack
    of food or money, just how the food is
    distributed and handled.

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     Hunger Nationally – Minimum
   Another major contributor to hunger is
    money; the inflation of food since `97 has
    increased 21% and gasoline 81%.
   The minimum wage is $5.15/hr. A plate
    food at $5.15 in 1997, would now cost
    $6.23 because of the inflation.
   The last minimum wage hike decreased
    the number of hungry people in the US.
      Hunger - Pennsylvania
 Six years ago Pennsylvania was one of
  the main leaders for low food insecurity.
 1,400,000 Pennsylvania families went
  through every day acknowledging the
  possibility that their next meal may not be
  a for sure deal.
 Many of these families (which include
  children) live in rural areas and soup
  kitchens aren’t readily available.
       Hunger - Pennsylvania
   As many as 500,000 PA families
    depended of food cupboards in 2005.
    This number is 3% lower than previous
   Possible reasons:
          A)   The need is stabilizing
          B)   The percentage of eligible people accessing this
               assistance is falling.
         Hunger – Rural PA
 Solutions for reaching rural families have
  been set in motion by the Department of
 These solutions include: State Food
  Purchase Program, Farmer’s Market
  Nutrition Program, Emergency Food
  Assistance Program & Commodity
  Supplemental Food Program.
          Hunger- Rural PA
 Solutions for reaching children include:
  National School Lunch Program, School
  Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service
  Program & Child and Adult Care Food
 These programs help children by working
  with the schools to produce low cost or
  free lunch or breakfast. But what about in
  the summer?
             Hunger – PA Pilot
   Pennsylvania was chosen as part of a pilot
    program for reaching rural children at risk during
    the summer.
   If the state works to further its child nutrition
    programs, it could feed an additional 50,000
    children and collect $2.5 million more in federal
   If this pilot study is successful in PA, it could
    spread nationally by lowering food insecurity in
    the US by 6% by 2010.
    Hunger Nationally - Legislation
   Two pieces of legislation that would
    help end hunger are Hunger Free
    Communities Act and The Fair
    Minimum Wage Act of 2005.
   The Fair Minimum Wage Act will raise
    the minimum wage to $5.85/hr sixty
    days after it is passed.
   In the next twelve months, it would get
    a raise again to $6.55/hr.
   Finally, within 24 months, it will receive
    another raise to $7.25/hr.
    Hunger Nationally - Legislation
   This raise in minimum wage will
    allow its workers to feed their kids
    and decrease the amount of
    people that must choose between
    food and other essentials.
   Also, if it’s raise, this will allow
    poverty stricken individuals to
    purchase healthier foods, instead
    of the ‘Dollar Menu’ at

   Fast food has been linked to heart
    disease, obesity, and other
    digestive problems.
    Hunger Nationally - Legislation
   The Hunger Free Communities Act of 2005
    will reduce hunger in the US by 2010 and
    ultimately lead to hunger being abolished in
   The three main components to HFCA are:
    1. Have congress eradicate hunger by
    2. Provide more funding for nutrition and
          federal food programs.
    3. Finally, to help keep the hunger
          programs in tact, such as: Food
          Stamps and school breakfast and lunch
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