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District 2010

  1. 1. DISTRICT
2010
 
 There
are
far
too
many
problems
in
this
world,
the
United
States
and
 even
Texas
for
which
we
have
no
solution.

The
problem
of
hunger
 however,
does
have
a
solution…eat.

It
is
one
of
the
few
problems
that
 we
can
identify,
and
also
know
how
to
fix.

There
are
some
problems
 associated
with
hunger
that
we
also
know
how
to
solve
but
have
a
great
 deal
of
difficulty
organizing
and
implementing
the
solutions.

I
see
the
 “We
Can
End
This”
challenge
as
a
multi‐level
challenge
that
not
only
 seeks
sources
of
food
provision
and
collection
but
also
one
of
 communication,
coordination,
participation,
distribution,
generosity,
 and
understanding.

I
have
no
fancy
graphics,
or
highly
advanced
 technological
concepts
to
offer
with
my
response
to
the
challenge,
but
I
 do
offer
some
basic
notions
that
may
help
to
bring
about
hunger
free
 communities
in
Texas.


 
 There
are
numerous
programs,
projects,
organizations
and
cooperative
 volunteer
efforts
in
place
throughout
the
US
designed
to
alleviate
the
 pain
of
hunger,
and
many
of
the
responses
to
the
challenge
reflect
most
 of
the
efforts
already
successfully
operating.

Texas
alone
has
some
 3600
plus
agencies
addressing
the
issue.

Many
suggest
methods
for
 people
to
grow
their
own
food
on
rooftops,
in
their
yards
or
in
 community
gardens
and
supplying
seeds
and
instructions
for
this
 purpose.

Others
suggest
a
means
to
better
communicate
food
 distribution
locations,
promotional
ideas
and
coordination
between
 cooperating
organizations
such
as
food
banks
and
food
producers.

 From
adopting
families
in
low
income
areas
and
establishing
support
 relationships
to
training
students
to
cook
meals
and
add
to
the
stock
of
 available
food
via
a
meals
on
wheels
for
everyone
in
need
program.
 There
are
a
lot
of
suggestions.

Good
ideas,
just
like
gleaning
fields
for
 fresh
produce
or
collecting
leftovers
from
restaurants,
these
suggestions
 add
to
the
food
stock
and
help
make
more
available
to
people
in
need,
 but
do
they
address
the
three
components
of
the
Texas
challenge?
 
 New
ideas
for
ending
hunger
are
hard
to
come
by,
but
new
ideas
for
 producing
food
sources
seem
fairly
abundant.

Suppose
for
example,
 every
farm
family
and
every
gardener
in
Texas
were
asked
to
plant
a
 row
for
hungry
people
in
their
home
gardens,
contact
a
central
registry,
 deliver
the
produce
to
a
specific
location
or
arrange
pick
up
for

  2. 2. distribution
by
food
banks.

For
that
matter,
why
not
ask
all
farmers
for
 half
an
acre
or
an
acre
be
planted
for
this
purpose?


How
about
 “Rabbitat
for
Humanity”
with
pairs
of
rabbits
provided
to
families
to
 raise
and
multiply?

Rabbits
can
be
sold
to
buy
food
or
eaten.

Sounds
 kind
of
cute
and
crude
at
the
same
time,
but
it
is
a
method
of
food
 production
that
most
anyone
can
do
almost
anywhere.

Similar
to
Heifer
 International,
pairs
of
animals
could
be
sent
to
families
to
raise
and
 utilize
depending
on
their
location
along
with
feed
for
the
animals.

City
 people
could
potentially
raise
rabbits
but
cows
and
chickens
would
be
a
 bit
impractical,
except
for
rural
families.

A
bit
on
the
third
world
side
 but
then
hunger
is,
in
the
minds
of
many
Americans,
a
third
world
 problem.

Like
farmers
and
gardeners
planting
a
row
or
an
acre
to
help
 end
hunger,
ranchers
could
be
asked
to
raise
a
cow
or
hog
for
the
same
 reason.

There
are
lots
of
ranches
in
Texas,
and
that
could
mean
a
lot
of
 protein
for
hungry
people.


 
 My
point
is
that
there
are
many
potential
ways
to
add
to
the
stock
of
 food
available
for
people
in
need,
and
I
have
not
even
mentioned
 collaborative
efforts
with
food
giants
like
Tyson
and
grocery
store
 chains,
or
buying
farms
and
ranches
outright
for
the
sole
production
of
 food
for
people
forced
to
choose
between
paying
for
food
or
their
rent
 or
medical
care.

There
are
also
a
number
of
organizations
with
the
 resources
to
gather,
store
and
distribute
food
such
as
the
food
banks,
 food
shelves,
and
other
community
groups.

But
none
of
this
is
new,
nor
 does
it
answer
the
problem
posed
in
the
challenge.
 
 THE
CHALLEGE:

Create
hunger‐free
communities,
Humanize
hunger
 using
data,
Accelerate
local
action
and
advocacy.

 
 Ultimately
the
three
challenges
are
one.

Each
one
leads
to
the
other.

If
 you
are
able
to
utilize
the
data
to
humanize
the
hunger
issue,
which
in
 essence
is
advocacy,
it
should
lead
to
an
acceleration
of
local
action
 resulting
in
hunger
free
communities
in
Texas
and
eventually
a
hunger
 free
America.

For
purposes
of
this
challenge,
lets
divide
Texas
into
 communities,
some
with
denser
populations
living
in
cities
and
smaller
 populations
in
rural
areas.

Since
Texas
has
at
least
19
food
banks,
each
 with
its
own
coverage
area,
lets
use
each
food
bank
area
or
district
as
a
 community
we
wish
to
make
hunger
free.

Assume
that
there
are
no
 hunger
free
districts/communities
in
Texas.

Based
on
the
Texas
Food

  3. 3. Bank
Network
report
of
2006,
some
2,064,300
people
needed
 assistance,
or
418,700
per
week
received
assistance.

Numbers
like
 these
are
not
precise
and
may
not
include
thousands
more
who
need
 help,
but
do
not
seek
it
out
or
will
not
accept
it.

Four
years
later
and
a
 major
recession
means
that
the
number
of
people
in
Texas
who
are
food
 insecure
with
or
without
hunger
could
be
3,000,000
or
more.

Although
 this
is
a
hypothetical
number,
lets
use
it
and
say
that
to
make
Texas
 hunger
free,
3,000,000
will
need
to
receive
some
form
of
assistance
 provided
by
some
4,000
agencies
and
faith
based
groups
in
the
19
 districts.


That
is
a
lot
of
food
and
a
lot
of
preparation,
distribution
and
 storage.

It
is
also
a
large
number
of
people
who
will
face
the
stigma
of
 being
poor
in
America.
 
 What
it
all
really
points
to
is
that
perhaps
the
problem
is
not
just
finding
 and
distributing
food,
but
recognizing
that
hunger
is
directly
related
to
 the
economic
situation
of
millions
of
Americans,
and
the
misperception
 of
a
majority
of
Americans
that
NO
one
could
possibly
be
hungry
in
this
 country.

And
the
even
larger
misconception
that
those
seeking
 assistance
are
merely
taking
advantage
of
the
opportunity
to
receive
 Free
food
and
are
lazy
rip
off
artists.

These
misconceptions
result
in
the
 stigmatization
of
the
people
who
are
in
need,
and
the
very
idea
of
 receiving
assistance.

People
who
are
in
need
but
will
not
pursue
 assistance
are
caught
up
in
the
stigmatization
and
choose
hunger
over
 the
possible
embarrassment
of
being
seeing
as
a
beggar
or
rip
off
artist.

 No
one
wants
their
friends,
neighbors
or
even
family
to
see
them
as
 some
sort
of
welfare
king
or
queen.

Thus
the
%
of
people
in
need
 accepting
assistance
may
never
reach
100%,
unless
something
changes.


 
 My
Pitch.
 
 Peter
Singer
proposes
that
the
way
to
end
poverty
is
to
simply
cause
 people
to
realize
that
they
spend
their
money
on
things
they
do
not
 need.

He
believes
that
if
everyone
were
to
only
spend
their
money
on
 what
they
need,
and
give
the
remainder
to
various
agencies
designed
to
 address
poverty,
there
would
be
no
more
poverty
in
the
US
or
in
the
 world.

He
is
probably
correct
but
the
chance
of
such
a
thing
occurring
is
 slim
and
none.

Money,
or
lack
of
it,
is
the
main
reason
people
go
hungry,
 but
getting
people
to
share
their
Hard
earned
wealth
will
not
happen
 until
there
is
a
change
in
perception,
a
change
in
the
very
attitude

  4. 4. society
has
adopted
with
respect
to
being
poor.

Although
some
of
the
 problem
of
hunger
today
will
be
eliminated
as
jobs
become
more
readily
 available,
and
unemployment
rates
drop,
there
will
still
remain
millions
 of
people
in
dire
situations
needing
help.
 
 
So
change
the
attitude
and
begin
an
anti‐stigma
campaign
on
a
state
 wide
basis
that
utilizes
every
communication
mechanism
available
from
 TV
and
radio
to
Facebook
and
U
‐Tube.

We
are
an
information
hungry
 society
and
the
means
to
communicate
ideas
is
greater
than
it
has
ever
 been.

Take
advantage
of
it
and
use
the
facts
as
we
know
them.

Most
 people
would
not
even
consider
it
possible
that
one
in
six
families
in
the
 US
are
food
insecure
and
hungry.

They
know
that
there
is
a
large
 unemployment
rate,
and
that
a
recession
is
taking
place,
and
the
 economy
is
in
trouble.

But
they
do
not
know
the
real
implications
of
 these
facts,
they
have
no
face
to
put
with
them,
no
voice
explaining
the
 problem.

Certainly
there
are
PSA
addressing
the
problem
and
most
 agencies
and
organizations
are
on
the
net,
but
is
there
an
all
out
 campaign,
a
War
on
Poverty,
Hunger
and
Stigma?

That
is
the
first
step.
 Declare
all
out
war.

It
is
true
that
the
war
on
poverty
did
not
succeed,
 there
is
still
poverty
and
the
war
on
drugs
has
no
chance,
but
using
the
 new
communication
technologies
may
make
the
difference.
 
 Establish
central
command
to
coordinate
the
campaign
and
also
 coordinate
all
food
collection
and
distribution.

The
Food
Banks
are
 already
doing
this
to
a
point
and
have
communication
links
to
each
 other.

Use
the
Texas
Food
Bank
Network
as
the
central
communication
 center
and
coordinator.

When
one
food
bank
is
short
on
certain
items,
 and
another
has
an
excess
of
that
item,
the
Network
can
shift
supplies
as
 needed
because
it
will
know
where
the
food
is
and
what
the
needs
are.

 Advocate
at
all
levels,
locally
and
statewide,
and
convince
legislators,
 business
organizations,
educational
institutions
and
national
 representatives
that
they
cannot
sit
back,
and
must
speak
out
and
be
a
 voice
for
ending
hunger,
and
not
just
on
Texas
Anti‐Hunger
Day,
but
 every
day
till
the
job
is
done.

The
advocacy
must
be
complete,
and
 include
attacking
the
stigma
associated
with
being
hungry,
where
food
 is
available,
appeals
for
more,
and
exactly
how
people
can
help.

It
 should
be
holistic,
with
the
need
for
jobs
and
helping
to
find
 employment
that
will
help
to
make
a
hunger
free
state
sustainable.


 

  5. 5. Recruit
famous
voices
to
communicate
the
needs,
the
facts,
and
the
 action
people
can
take.

Use
NFL
and
NBA
stars,
TV
personalities,
movie
 stars
and
recording
artist
from
Texas,
college
students
and
athletes,
 former
and
current
politicians
as
voices
and
faces
associated
with
anti‐ stigma
and
achieving
a
hunger
free
state.

Make
it
a
war
for
Texans,
and
 by
Texans.

Is
Oprah
from
Texas?

In
particular,
recruit
people
who
are
 utilizing
the
services
to
speak
for
themselves,
in
a
positive
fashion
 regarding
their
situation
and
against
the
stigma.

The
voices
of
these
 people
are
the
most
significant
and
will
not
only
empower
them
but
also
 those
who
hear
and
see
them.

This
is
way
to
dispel
the
myths,
and
the
 stigma.

 
 Each
district
will
need
to
coordinate
its
distribution,
collection,
 preparation
and
storage
and
continue
with
all
collaborative
efforts
and
 pursue
all
avenues
to
increase
food
availability.

Data
from
each
district
 will
also
need
to
be
collected
and
centralized
to
access
progress.

The
 numbers
should
be
a
bit
odd,
because
if
the
anti‐stigma
component
is
 working,
numbers
of
people
utilizing
food
banks
etc
should
increase,
at
 least
temporarily.

This
would
be
a
good
sign.


When
the
majority
of
 people
in
need
are
receiving
assistance,
hunger
free
districts
should
 emerge,
even
though
the
food
is
being
supplied
and
people
are
still
in
 need.

At
this
point
the
emphasis
on
the
holistic
approach
of
job
training,
 finding
employment,
assisting
with
day
care
and
myriad
of
problems
 faced
by
people
in
poverty
will
need
to
be
addressed
through
the
 collaboration
with
agencies
and
organizations
and
businesses
already
 working
together
on
food
provision
and
anti‐stigma.

It
is
and
will
 remain
an
on
going
project
that
may
never
end,
but
eventually
the
 numbers
of
people
who
are
hungry
in
Texas
should
be
dramatically
 reduced.


 
 Voila!
Local
action
and
advocacy
is
accelerated,
the
problem
of
hunger
is
 humanized
with
people
and
data,
and
hunger
free
communities
are
a
 reality,
at
least
in
theory.
 
 
 
 
 


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