by Chelsea Clinton– Nov 25 2015
For many of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is a special moment for communities and families to come together around the dinner table. However, particularly at this moment, in this season, we must not forget that too many families around the world face uncertain access to affordable, nutritious food — something so many of us take for granted, especially during the holidays.
Here in the U.S. last year, an estimated 48 million Americans — or 14% of American households — lacked the nutritious food they needed to lead healthy, productive lives. According to data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, the burden of food insecurity falls more heavily on minority households, families with children and especially households headed by single mothers who experienced rates of food insecurity almost 2.5 times the national average. This is especially tragic because we know that hunger can have negative long-term effects on young people’s health, academic performance, and future success. It’s unconscionable that in the wealthiest country on earth even one family is food insecure when we produce more than enough food to feed ourselves.
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