Food for Thought

by Richie Bertrán


 

Food For Thought – Hunger and Poverty in America


 

There is a new diagnosis for when your stomach aches because you have not had anything to eat.  Hunger is now euphemistically called “food insecurity.”

 

According to the website, nokidhungry.org, in the United States 48.8 million people including 16.2 million children live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.  As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.  One in six Americans do not have access to enough food.  For Latinos, it is worse.  One in four Latino households are “food insecure” compared to one in seven overall.  One in three Latino children live in “food insecure” households compared to one in six Caucasian children.   

 

This means that people are going hungry in America.  The reason is not for lack of food products.  Walk into any supermarket and the shelves are brimming with food.  These are troubling statistics for such a rich country as ours.  The problem is poverty, which is now known euphemistically as “income inequality.”  This “income inequality” or growing disparity between the few that have a lot and the many who have little is growing.  According to OXFAM, the world’s eighty-five richest people own the same amount as the bottom half of the entire global population.  Something is wrong with this picture. ◊◊◊

 

 

March 8th:  International Working Woman’s Day

 

In 1910, the second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the “Women's Office” for Germany’s Social Democratic Party, proposed the idea of an International Women's Day. She put forth that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day—a Women's Day—to press for their demands.  The conference of over one hundred women from seventeen countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval.  It is today called International Women's Day.  [Quoted from internationalwomansday.com] 


It's now an official holiday in twenty-seven countries, but not in the United States. ◊◊◊


 

 

 

 

Richie Bertrán is a writer, and a regular presenter on WFDU-FM radio’s program Que Viva La Música (89.1 FM and www.wfdu.fm).

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