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Did you eat today?


Our society as a whole has many troubling conditions. One being the fact that even though people make minimum wage and work multiple jobs, they still find themselves in poverty and hunger situations and in return end up homeless.

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(A man offers work for food)


The country should not allow people to go hungry and/or result to homelessness. It is the wealthy and the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Administers who should see the problems with hungriness. The goal is to address an audience that already agrees with the problem and want them to do something more. Everyone realizes that hunger is a problem and question how to help. A lot of time people do not mind donating to others, they just question if their money is really going towards a cause or going into someone else’s pocket.


Grounds: 

“I have a job but expenses are hard to meet and I have to prioritize my resources. I learned to survive in a different way.  The hardest part is accepting that I cannot provide for my family.” – 46-year-old female

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(Starving small children)

Food Insecurity

“According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 Americans struggles with hunger. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. Despite a gradual economic recovery and stock market rebound, wages for many Americans have simply not risen fast enough to cover the increased cost of living. To these Americans, food has become an unaffordable luxury.”


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(A little girl wishing her mom had the money to buy her food)

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food security as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life,” and in 2006, the year before the housing market stumbled, the USDA estimated that fewer than 10.9 percent of American households were food insecure. By 2009, that figure had spiked to 14.7 percent. And now? As of 2014, the most recent year on record, 14 percent of all American households are not food secure. That’s approximately 17.4 million homes across the United States, populated with more than 48 million hungry people. By the time the USDA reports its 2016 figures in September 2017, new food-stamp restrictions could make that number higher.”


Additional grounds

“…the number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012—a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s.”

Victims – children, expecting mothers, homeless people

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(A boy resorts to dirty bread to contain his hunger)

Villains – government

“According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 Americans struggles with hunger. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. Despite a gradual economic recovery and stock market rebound, wages for many Americans have simply not risen fast enough to cover the increased cost of living. To these Americans, food has become an unaffordable luxury.”

This statistic can be used to show “bigness” because it shows how people are trying to get enough money for food to eat. As time goes on people aren’t going to be able to afford the prices of food and other necessities. This proves that wages need to increase if prices are going to increase or many more Americans are going to suffer.


Warrant

People should care about not letting people in our society go hungry because hunger may affect the quality of a child’s education. Hunger and malnutrition have a ripple effect that slows down development. If we don’t do something, then hunger will increase each year. Resulting in a mass starvation. Parents can see the affect hunger has on their children with their education and overall development.

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(A child, homeless and hungry)


How can you help?

Donate food to the local food pantries such as Harvest Hope – this will allow them to stay open and further help those in need.

Be an advocate. If you notice that someone is hungry or they have expressed it to you, offer to buy them food or take them to the grocery store and pay for their bill.

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(Hunger and a boy)

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