Letters to the Editor

Letter: Food insecurity in the U.S.

To the Editor:

Each person has their daily routine. It could be waking up at 6:30 a.m., brushing your teeth, washing your face, and getting an outfit on. Everyday you get ready and make a bowl of whole wheat oatmeal with strawberries. One in 6 American children don't have a routine and don't know where their next meal is coming from.You can help give a child their routine by implementing donating to yours; however, not only children are in need of your donations.

Food insecurity is a prevalent issue in the United States and can be minimized with your help. Food insecurity is defined by DoSomething.org as “the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members.

In 2017, an estimated 15 million households were food insecure.” Hunger doesn't only affect developing countries; hunger is a worldwide issue and you can help fight it in your own country. These people are your fellow citizens who need the help of the secure: you.

You can help by donating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that gives over 45 million Americans assistance to buy food each month. This program gives the hungry a way to feed their families when in difficult places financially.

There are many other government-funded programs that help the hungry and by helping this cause you can prevent children from experiencing food insecurity. According to the Food Research & Action Center, “children who experience food insecurity are at a higher risk of developing asthma, struggling with anxiety or depression, and performing poorly in school or physical activities.”

Without the necessary nutrition needed to be successful, an innocent child is given an unfair disadvantage that will stick with him the rest of his life. Food insecurity is not only about the people suffering if not about what how that suffering can affect their life. Helping end food insecurity can give all Americans an equal chance at success in life and happiness.

Nicole Rendon

Huntley

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