Remember that on April 1, 2009, just like every other day of the year, people in our resource-wealthy country are hungry. Bloggers all across the country are uniting to post about April Food Day and raise awareness of food security issues. We’re asking that you make a donation to FamilyWorks, or to your local food bank. And instead of pranking your friends, families, and coworkers, please ask all of them to donate as well. Every dollar donated provides 7 meals, or 10 pounds of food! Thank you, and happy April Food Day!
Things to Consider:
- 1 in 8 Americans is hungry.
- 4 MILLION Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each WEEK!
- Children who are hungry have delayed social, emotional, and educational development.
- Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night!
- In December 2008, Food Stamp participation was 31,784,453 people, the highest participation level on record, and an increase of nearly 700,000 individuals from November 2008.
- All states reported increases in caseloads between December 2007 and December 2008. Ten states registered over-the-prior December percentage caseload increases above 20 percent: Idaho (30.4), Utah (29.8), Florida (28.7), Nevada (28.1), Arizona (24.3), Texas (24.1), Wisconsin (22.8), Maryland (22.0), Georgia (21.2), and Massachusetts (20.2).
- A food stamp recipient receives only 78 cents per meal, on average.