We are constantly consumed by the interests and desires of our paying customers, but rarely stop to think of all those who are not as fortunate.
We are constantly consumed by the interests and desires of our paying customers, but rarely stop to think of all those who are not as fortunate. Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2010 report released in January is the largest study of domestic hunger ever conducted, and provides a detailed look at who is in need, how the need is met, and by whom. The goal of the report is to better understand hunger in America so that the issues can be properly addressed. Feeding America is an organization that strives to alleviate hunger in both the short and long term.
Some of the Hunger in American 2010 key findings:
Feeding America is involved in the distribution of food and grocery products to people in need, as well as increasing public awareness, connecting clients with federal benefits and advocating for policies that support low-income Americans to ultimately end hunger. Feeding America has conducted five studies; Hunger in America 2010 is the most comprehensive to date. Over 61,000 face-to-face client interviews and more than 37,000 local agency surveys were conducted. The information gathered, details who is in need which, in turn, helps organizations develop programs that best support the hungry. Results also better inform public policy so that federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need.
Giving back to the community is something we can all take part in; knowing these statistics and where our efforts currently stand is part of the foundation on which we can build programs. The current efforts by Feeding America and its partners as well as other organizations are truly remarkable, but as the statistics reveal there are still a significant amount of people who go hungry on a daily basis. Engage your company, the employees, and customers in the conversation about hunger in America. Programs involving customers help create a sense of community and enables greater participation. Evaluate your overstock and produce management systems, is there an opportunity there for donating to feeding centers? Be an active member in your community and play your part!
For more information and to view a copy of the full study visit Feeding America.