Hunger in America

Hunger in America 2014-08-21T12:52:18+00:00

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Faces of Hunger

Because Hunger is Everyone’s Business

A hungry man is not a free man.

-Adlai Stevenson, US statesman (1900-1965)

Crying, Walden Davis, 15, MD from Palms for Life Fund on Vimeo.

Crying by Walden Davis, 2009
age 15
National Faces of Hunger In America Film Competition

Palms for Life’s goal is to mobilize awareness about Hunger in America by launching a new national film contest campaign called Facing Up to Hunger in America (building upon 2009 successful film contest Faces Of Hunger in America);[blockquote align=”right”]The fact that more than one in every ten Americans is impacted by food insecurity makes us quite unique among wealthy democracies in the world. The U.S. is not the only nation where people go hungry but it is the only wealthy industrial nation where such a high percentage of its population suffers from nutritional deprivation due to inadequate incomes. Nearly one in five children, in our nation, lives below the poverty level. We have more than enough food to end this problem. The real issue is not whether America can end hunger, the question is whether we have the leadership to do so.

Dr. J. Larry Brown

(Excerpt from Hunger in America: The Growing Epidemic, Physician Task Force on Hunger in America)[/blockquote] 

Palms for Life seeks to address issues such as:

  1. The root causes of hunger in the US;

  2. What it means for 50 million Americans to be food insecure; of these 16.7 million are children;

  3. The gap between the rich and the poor and that hunger is unacceptable in the world’s biggest economy and wealthiest democratic nation on earth;

  4. How the unbearable condition of hunger in the US should become a more powerful national priority relying on strong political endorsement; and

  5. The need to re-define and implement a sustainable national hunger elimination strategy.

For more information on hunger in america visit the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

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Faces of Hunger

Because Hunger is Everyone’s Business

In 2013-

50 million people lived in households considered to be food insecure; of these 16.7 million are children.

In 2009 –

Palms for Life executed a nationwide film contest titled “Faces of Hunger in America” that prompted young people to produce a short film about hunger in their own community.  These videos became viral and were watched by 58,000+ people online and received over 30,000 votes. The six films with the highest number of online votes were subsequently reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges at the Action Center to End World Hunger located in New York City.  This project was made possible thanks to the donations of the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation.   

As part of this project, Palms for Life also produced a PSA-public service announcement (consisting of footage from the film contest) that was shown in eight movie theatres in New York and Los Angeles.  An estimated 50,000 people over the course of a few months viewed the PSA as a coming attraction before a movie.

These hunger campaigns have had a nation-wide impact and established Palms for Life as an organization committed to fighting hunger and poverty in the US.  


The “invisible epidemic” of hunger


The food insecure –

do not always know where they will find their next meal and are unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.  The states with the highest rates of food insecurity in 2007 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Maine, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Malnutrition and hunger – 

have severe adverse affects on the population and affect the entire family life. Malnutrition in children causes irreversible damage to the brain and affects learning abilities throughout life. Young adults who do not get adequate food intake are affected in their physical and emotional development. Pregnant women who are malnourished are at higher risk and give birth to underweight and unhealthy babies. In the elderly, malnutrition accelerates severe health deterioration and early death.

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