While the national average for those with food insecurity in their homes is 14.5 percent, Native people, Black people and Latino people are hit the hardest.
As of 2011, One in four Black households (25.1% up from 24.9% in 2009) and one in four Latin@ households (26.2% down from 26.9% in 2009) were food insecure.
Frustratingly enough, (but not at all surprising) I was able to find several pieces of information on white, Black, Latin@ and Asian food disparities. Missing from almost every article, chart and graph was Native people. This is particularly disheartening because no matter what year I compared, the numbers for Native people’s food insecurity wasn’t just double the national average, it is double that of Black and Latin@ people.
In every racial group, it is the children who are hit the hardest. The above graphic from 2010, shows the national food insecurity rates and then the national child food insecurity rates. What many fail to realize is that children are paying the price first and foremost. The problem is, so many see this as someone else’s issue. Realistically, hell-even selfishly, we should remember how much food insecurity affects the mental, emotional and physical health of children. How it affects childhood education. How it so closely correlates to what their futures hold. Which means, what our country’s future holds. Feeding a hungry child today could stop us from having to pay an even bigger price tomorrow.
Feeding America is a great place to go if you need food, if you want to volunteer or if you want to donate. Do what you can, start in your own back yard and then expand it to the world.
Do it for selfish reasons. The person you help feed today, might be the person who heals your pain tomorrow.