According to Feeding America‘s 2012 Hunger in America Report, 1 in 6 Americans live in a food insecure household. That equates to roughly 50 million people. And, 1 in 5 children live in a food-insecure home. This is a harsh reality that is finally making it into the limelight via due to Upworthy’s infographic shown below.
I don’t know about you, but these statistics scare me. But, what frightens me even more is the suggestion towards the end of the infographic that simply donating a few dollars or volunteering your time is going to solve the problem. Pardon my outrage, but food insecurity is a complex wicked issue and there are no simple solutions. Why didn’t the infographic include suggestions such as comprehensive policy change, starting with passing a better Farm Bill, encouraging coordinated advocacy efforts and supporting equitable job creation?
As the film trailer of A Place At the Table highlights, “charity is a great thing, but it’s not the way to end hunger.”