Most of us can take it for granted that we’ll have access to three meals a day. We may choose not to eat three meals, but we have that choice because we have the money to buy food. We also may not choose to eat healthy foods, but we have a range of healthy options available to us. We go to sleep at night knowing our kids may run out the door without breakfast, but they had an ample dinner and will be eating lunch in a few hours. It’s not an optimal way to look at a missed breakfast because breakfast is essential to the prepared mind, but again – it’s a choice we are making.
It’s hard to imagine, but 16 million children in this country – in America – live in a state of food insecurity. They are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Add to that the fact that the low-cost options their parents choose among to make food available to them are often not the healthiest options. Many are working to make this right. Michelle Obama has made the fight against childhood obesity a national priority. The Food Network has partnered with Share Our Strength to leave “no kid hungry.” Feeding America is working to end hunger in America – and has steps you can take to help.
Simply adding more money to the equation does not solve the problem because once adequate funds are available to feed children in these circumstances, there are many obstacles in the way of a healthy diet for those who live in areas without supermarkets. There are many obstacles in the way of a healthy diet for those who struggle to pay the rent. The children in these families are missing out on the nutritional support that is vital to their growth and intellectual development.
Please join me in fighting Food Insecurity so that every child has enough to eat – and that food is healthy food. Support your local food bank. Visit the Feeding America site to get information about hunger in your area. See what you can do to be part of the solution.