Hunger problems in the United States

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While hunger hasn’t been totally eradicated in the U.S., there are many agencies, both public and private, that are actively working on the problem. Whether it’s through the federal food stamp program– which has enabled many poor families to ensure that their children receive proper nutrition– local food banks, or other relief agencies, help is available for both monetary relief, food supplies, and nutritional counseling. The government also has School Breakfast and Lunch Programs and the ‘Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.’ Despite the strong economy, many Americans still live in poverty and are at risk of hunger. Over half are children and the elderly. Food banks around the country provide millions of pounds of packaged food and other grocery items to the less fortunate through a network of nonprofit agencies. Food kitchens prepare meals for walk-in clients and also distribute them on-site to those who are home-bound. Religious-based organizations sponsor 51 percent of local food charities; while 39 percent are private, nonprofit, non-sectarian charities; and two percent are government-sponsored or public-private community partnerships. Most of these local charities operate on very limited funding and rely heavily on the efforts of volunteers. The grocery industry also has a strong commitment to fighting hunger, both through relationships with food banks and by helping raise money. For more information, or to find out about volunteer opportunities, call your local food bank.

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