$4 A Day: Hunger & Food Insecurity

According to the USDA, in 2013, 49.1 million Americans experienced food insecurity. This means 14% of households often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, which is something I have never personally experienced. Thus, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge to gain a better understanding of what it means to be food insecure. In accordance with the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, I was allowed a budget of $4 a day for food.

A Hunger for Justice

According to the U.S. drought monitor, 82 percent of California is experiencing extreme drought, leaving families and homeowners with little or no water. The drought has had the biggest impact among small rural communities that are rapidly running out of water, financial resources, and long-term solutions. Vulnerable communities can’t afford to purchase cases of water every day, buy paper plates to avoid washing dishes, pay for fast-food instead of cooking with washed fruits and vegetables, or to wash their clothes at local laundromats. And yet, there’s no other choice – families can’t afford to leave and move to areas with better access to water.

Just Parenting: What is Hunger?

Then she asked, “Mom, what is hunger?”