Hungry America: The Realities of Child Hunger

Food is a primary commodity of people regardless of gender, race, educational background, social status, among others. In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, he proposed that one must be able to satisfy his or her physiological needs before moving the ladder leading to self-actualization. While the US belongs to the world’s progressive and developed countries where Americans are believed to have realized their “basic” needs which include shelter, clothing, food, and transportation, food insecurity remains to be a serious condition resulting in the devastating phenomenon of child hunger.

Hunger in America

In 2019, 11 million child hunger cases have been documented by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This data means that children in every state are constantly facing food-related struggles. As alarming as it sounds, there is a documented increase of food insecurity in the United States and the results are damaging especially to the welfare of children.

The current record shows that while this may not be true to all American families, those who belong to the low-income level can’t seem to make ends meet. In effect, most tables are served with either unhealthy food and in worst cases, nothing at all. While this may not directly affect the entire country in general, the number of starving children in the US continues to grow in recent years.

Food insecurity and its damaging effect on children

Food insecurity resulting in child hunger poses a major concern to the country’s health condition as these factors into the spike of reported malnutrition cases among children.

In recent times, malnutrition has resulted in a number of diseases and illnesses affecting children. The three major reported diseases which are in an increasing trend include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia
  • Asthma

In effect, low-income families have to deal with hospitalization, medical bills, etc, which could have been prevented if food insecurity has been addressed especially during their developing years.

A call to make every child healthy

Fortunately, people are becoming more “woke” on the issue at hand. Various initiatives are available to become an agent in responding to this pressing concern.

At present, children’s charities are actively involved in addressing this problem as they primary look into means and ways of getting effective solutions by becoming platforms for people who are willing to become beacons of change and agents to create a positive change especially on the welfare of children.

Several charities and organizations have established mechanisms and processes to be of help to this phenomenon, You can now search for effective, efficient, and safe ways to ensure that donations and other forms of help are directed to the most affected families. In this way, the country can have formative steps to secure a better future for children.

In today’s generation where everyone seems to go beyond basic, it is devastating that there are still people who remain to be affected by the simplest and most fundamental need — to eat good and healthy food. And as we go back to Maslow’s hierarchy, one could only foresee a better country where we all take a step in ending child hunger and foresee a future where no one — no child — is hungry.