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Social Action: Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity


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by Tania DuPont

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Social Action: Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity

  1. 1. Social Action: Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity By Tania duPont
  2. 2. HUNGER Definition hunger |ˈhəNGgər| noun a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat verb [ no obj. ] 1 (hunger after/for) have a strong desire or craving for 2 archaic feel or suffer hunger through lack of food.
  3. 3. Food insecurity is the most broadly-used measure of food deprivation in the United States. 1. The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” FOOD INSECURITY
  5. 5. Insufficient Income Often hunger and poverty go hand in hand- but keep in mind this is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. Multiple factors contribute to this phenomenon and studies in the United States indicate unemployment is a better predictor of food insecurity.
  6. 6. Insufficient Income ● 45.3 million people (15 percent) were in poverty, including 14.7 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18. ● 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including nearly 16 million children. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to more than 46 million people each year. ● Based on annual income, 72 percent of all Feeding America client households live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line. ● The median annual household income of Feeding America clients is $9,175.
  7. 7. Insufficient Income Price and income swings can significantly affect the poor and hungry. When prices rise, consumers often shift to cheaper, less-nutritious foods, heightening the risks of micronutrient deficiencies and other forms of malnutrition, which can have long-term adverse effects on people’s health, development and productivity. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
  9. 9. Hawaiian Islands
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  11. 11. Hawaiian Islands Hawaii Foodbank, through its network of island food banks and their local food pantries and meal programs, is providing food assistance to more than 123,000 households encompassing 287,000 Islanders—or one in five island residents—including 47,894 keiki and over 46,000 kupuna.
  12. 12. MISSION The mission of The Food Basket, Inc. is to feed the hungry in Hawaii County while attending to the root causes of this critical social problem. The Food Basket will accomplish its mission by: ● Preventing the waste of all edible food in Hawaii County; ● Feeding the hungry with this food; ● Educating the community about local hunger and what can be done to solve this social problem; and
  13. 13. OBJECTIVES The Food Basket’s goals include: ● Eradicating hunger on the Big Island through redistribution of food that would otherwise be wasted; ● Providing a connection between Big Island agriculture and its most vulnerable populations; ● Serving our supporters and clients in the spirit of Aloha, with respect and kindness; ● Removing the stigma that has been unfairly attached to those needing assistance;
  14. 14. Hawaiian Islands Hawaii Food Basket - have started a "local" version of CSAs - wherein, low income families on this island - those w/ EBT cards - can order a box of fresh produce weekly at a very reasonable's always a "surprise" as items change week to week depending on the available produce- but the idea is to provide healthier food choices...too often, individuals/families who are low income are forced to eat highly processed, high salt, high fat, high sugar foods so this is to try to make healthier options affordable.
  15. 15. Hawaiian Islands Waimea has recently been designed a BLUE ZONE project area (actually, all of North Hawai'i - Waimea, North Kohala, Hamakua) Which is a national program to enhance health/wellness...this runs the full gamut from public policy to schools, restaurants, businesses and food insecurity/hunger are just as big of an issue as is overeating
  16. 16. Hawaiian Islands Brought to Hawaii as a part of an innovative partnership between HMSA and Blue Zones Project® by Healthways. Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative that encourages changes to our surroundings and built-environment that lead to healthier options. When all parts of the community participate – from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores – the small changes each add up to huge benefits for the community- lower healthcare costs, boost productivity, improve quality of life.
  17. 17. Hawaiian Islands -The process involves an application, an evaluation of the community, which typically needs to be somewhere with a critical mass of restaurants, workplaces, grocery stores, schools and the ability to set food policy, and then selection. -Following the selection, a team hosts open community meetings in which 20 to 30 concepts that work in other communities that have successfully adopted the Blue Zone project are presented. - Each community is asked to select 10 or so concepts to try to introduce in their area.
  18. 18. Hawaiian Islands The built environment: Improving roads and transportation options, parks, and public spaces Municipal policies and ordinances: Promoting activity and discouraging junk food marketing and smoking Restaurants, schools, grocery stores and workplaces: Building healthier options into the places people spend most of their time Social networks: Forming and nurturing social groups that support healthy habits Habitat: Helping people design homes that nudge them into eating less and moving more Inner selves: Encouraging people to reduce stress, find their purpose, and give back to the community
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  20. 20. Hawaiian Islands Designating Waimea as a Blue Zone is a goal/ part of a long term plan HMSA and Healthways have to make Hawaii become a Blue Zone state. HMSA has already committed to the program, taking steps to become the state’s first Blue Zone company
  21. 21. WORLD HUNGER
  22. 22. World Hunger and Food InsecurityA Few Facts: ● One in every nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 ● Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 ● The vast majority of hungry people (791 million) live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is chronically undernourished. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 ● One in four of the world’s children are stunted — an indicator of chronic malnutrition and calculated by comparing the height-for-age of a child with a reference population of well nourished and healthy children. In developing countries the proportion rises to one in three. Source: UNICEF, Improving Child Nutrition, 2013 ● Around half of all pregnant women in developing countries are anemic. This causes approximately
  23. 23. World Hunger and Food Insecurity Initiatives:
  24. 24. 790-805 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. This number is down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990–92. Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014
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