This is an editorial written by a student.
The commercials on television play slow sad music and show depressing pictures of young children to depict the suffering they are going through because they are hungry.
Often times when I see these commercials I let it play or switch the channel because I did not care to see the problems in America.
After studying the issue of hunger in America more in depth in my classes I have a whole new perspective on the issue. I now believe that it is a human right to have the means to satisfy their hunger.
There is not one reason that a person should not be given the opportunity to eat, yet according to statistics we have discussed in class, about 1.14% of households will not eat on a given day. As human beings, I think we should have the duty of making sure people are given food to satisfy their need.
Certain programs are put in place to try and ease the suffering these people are going through. One of these programs is SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This is set by the government to help families that do not have the ability to pay for food, to purchase food necessary. According to the lessons we discussed during our class, during any given month, around forty million people in the United States, participate in the SNAP program. I think that if the government would pay more attention to the families that apply for SNAP, they would be able to prevent the families from going hungry in the first place. If they did more research on what different problems the families are facing, I feel their situations would be helped and they could be directed in a better way of living.
Another program that the government has put in place is Free and Reduced Lunches for children and teenagers attending school.
This program is a federally assisted meal program that helps families who otherwise could not pay for their children’s food at school.
According to the USDA, the budget for these school meals is $87 billion dollars. Though this seems like a lot of money, to me, I do not feel that this is an adequate amount given the amount of people who go without food in this country.
Knowing that millions of people suffer from food insecurity and very low food insecurity, I feel that the next step it so make more people more aware.
If everyone in America knew the numbers of people who are suffering and could actually see the faces of these people, I feel a big change would come. If people would donate more of their time to help people in need, then maybe, just maybe, less people will go hungry. I know that I now want to do my part, even if it means just donating canned food to a food drive, I want to help people to the best of my ability.
"National School Lunch Program." Web. 03 May 2012.