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Five Myths About Hunger*

Help debunk these common hunger myths.

February 14, 2018
by Allison Weber

Hunger can be hard to spot in America. You can’t always see it—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Our country is affluent by global standards, yet there are families in every county in the U.S. who can’t afford to stock their cupboards with the food they need.

If we can debunk these five myths about hunger, we can help raise awareness of the problem and loosen its grasp on people in need:

 

#1 

MYTH: There’s a hunger crisis in other parts of the world—not in America.

FACT: More than 41 million people face hunger in the United States. That’s more people than the entire population of Canada. And it means that across our nation, people simply can’t make ends meet. High housing costs, rising food prices and unexpected expenses have left millions unable to stretch their dollars far enough. Sometimes they can put a warm meal on the table after a long day—and sometimes they go to bed hungry.

#2

MYTH: People who face hunger in America are typically homeless and unemployed.
FACT: Most of the households we serve are not homeless, and they have at least one working adult. In homes across the nation, there are people like Claudia who wake up with the sun and turn out the lights late. They’re working nearly every day, giving back to their community and raising a family. Even though they’re pinching pennies, they struggle to fill their plates with the food they need to keep going.

#3 

MYTH: Hunger is most frequently found in cities.

FACT: Hunger is common in rural areas—including some of the farming communities that grow America’s crops. Seventy-five percent of the counties with the highest hunger rates in America are in rural areas. Limited access to jobs, transportation and education make it tough to earn a living in remote areas like rural Alaska. Some are forced to choose between paying for groceries or other essentials like heat. This is an especially difficult choice for parents during the winter, and it’s all too common.

#4 

MYTH: Food waste and hunger are different problems with different solutions.

FACT: By reducing food waste in America, we can also help reduce hunger. Seventy-two billion pounds of good food goes to waste each year in America, while at the same time, 41 million people struggle with hunger. Feeding America works with food companies, farmers and other generous partners to rescue more than 3 billion pounds of food each year and help deliver it to families in need. We believe that rescuing food from going to waste is critical to solving the hunger problem in our country.

#5 

MYTH: I can’t do much to help overcome challenges like hunger and food waste.

FACT: Individual actions add up to make a significant impact. There are many ways you can help fight hunger.

  • Contribute to MCCM Food Bank:

 

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* http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/five-myths-about-hunger.html

Monthly Results for March 2018

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting

CAFB2

Reporting

Adults 999 772
Children 385 290
Families 498 387
Boxes 690 N/A
Total Active Clients 1237 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 2044 N/A
New Clients This Month 17 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.374% N/A

 

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
50 3575.60

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 3045.00
Gas 251.47
Water 279.13

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Griffith Creek Utility District 41.47
Jasper Water and Sewer 209.13
Marion Natural Gas 210.00
SVEC 3045.00
Tennessee American Water (Whitwell Water) 70.00