How to Help Fight Hunger in Your Community

America is one of the richest countries on earth, yet more than 37 million people in our country experienced food insecurity in 2018, according to data from the USDA Economic Research Service. Although states like New Mexico and Texas have the highest percentages of people going hungry, every county in every state has households in which people are struggling to put food on the table every day. Unfortunately, this data indicates that households with children have a substantially higher rate of food insecurity (13.9 percent) than those without children (9.9 percent)—and we know that food insecurity can have a major negative impact on child development and growth. If you’re wondering what you can do to fight hunger in your neighborhood, here are five ways you can help:

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Hunger Relief Efforts Around the World

Did you know the world already produces more than 1.5 times enough food to feed everyone on the planet? That’s enough food to feed 10 billion people. Despite the fact that global overall food scarcity isn’t a problem, hunger is a major issue around the world. People face food insecurity in every part of the globe, with data indicating that more than 820 million people—which equates to 11 percent of the world’s population—go hungry each year. 

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5 Ways Giving Tuesday is Reshaping Our Children

Every year after Thanksgiving, following the shopping extravaganzas of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off a season of charity. Launched in 2012, GivingTuesday began as a grassroots effort with the goal of creating a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond the day itself. Now, the day inspires millions of people across the globe to show up and give back to causes and issues that matter to them. 

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Holiday Giving: Helping Families in Need

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are thinking about how we’ll spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, about the perfect presents to gift our loved ones, and about how we can spread the holiday love to others. Helping families in need can make a big impact on others’ lives while at the same time enriching your own. Here are five ways that you can focus on holiday giving this year:

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3 Ways to Distinguish a Food Bank from a Food Pantry

With an estimated 37 million Americans experiencing food insecurity in 2018, both food banks and food pantries are crucial components of efforts to reduce hunger across America. Although they work together cohesively to feed the hungry, the two terms are often mistakenly used interchangeably. But in fact, there are some key differences between a food bank and food pantry. Here are three ways to distinguish between these two pivotal components of the fight against hunger.

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The Most Affordable Fruits and Vegetables

It’s been said that when grocery shopping, a smart rule of thumb is to mostly stick to the outer aisles of the store. Why? Because that’s where all of the produce is typically located, and eating a mostly whole-foods-based diet is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.

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Hunger Relief: How to Feed Your Family

Food insecurity can become a problem for people from all walks of life. Unforeseen life circumstances can take a toll on family finances and result in a lack of financial resources for food and the need for temporary hunger relief. If you’re having a hard time feeding your family consistently, know that you’re not alone. Last year, an estimated 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure—which translates to more than 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children. If you and your family aren’t getting all of the nourishment it needs to thrive, here are four ways you can find hunger relief: 

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5 Surprising Facts About Hunger on Military Bases

We're feeling grateful for all of the military service members who have put on their uniforms to protect the values the United States was built on. In honoring our military, we’d also like to explore an important topic that’s not discussed enough: food insecurity among our current military members and veterans, as well as their families. 

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Causes of Poverty in New York State

New York is one of the most populous states in the country, widely known as a bustling place where big dreams are chased and fulfilled. But what people may not realize when they think of the state is its poverty level, which is higher than the national average by more than 2 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.6 percent of New York residents were living in poverty last year, including nearly 20 percent of the almost 8.4 million people who live in New York City. What are the causes of poverty in New York and which groups of people are affected most? Let’s explore the latest data.

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Food Education: Healthy Foods at a Low Cost

One of the most common diet misconceptions is the idea that in order to eat healthy, you need to spend a lot of money. Research shows that when consumers compare two food products, many of them automatically assume that the more expensive product is healthier. But in reality, more expensive doesn’t always mean healthier, and it’s very possible to eat nutritiously without going over your budget.

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