I grew up part of my life in college park. Most of my friends lived in Langley Park. I know what it is to wake up in the morning and not having anything to eat or going to bed not sure of what your kids are going to eat. At one point in my life, my family had to worry about where our next meal will come from. This is something that I will not find pleasure watching someone else go throw. It is a disgrace that our country is seen to have lots and lots of food, (we do), but nearly two thirds of our population is hungry. (Evan Lutz).
Obesity is a major problem in America and social class has a huge impact on this fact. Based on Mark Bittman, “Don’t ask how to feed the 9 Billion,” Obesity is a sign of hunger. He calls it “hidden hunger” or a “lack of nutrients.” Jennifer B. Marks states in her journal (Obesity in America: it’s getting worse) that two thirds of Adults in America are obese and a majority of this population are low income, immigrants or minorities. This means that almost half of our population is hungry yet we still throw 40% of our produce away. (This angers me). He goes on to say that we have the highest number of hungry people than any developed nation.
It is quite funny, yet sad at the same time, that we eat but we are still hungry people. We are not giving the body what it needs to function. Exercise levels have gone down while fast food restaurants and fast meals have taken charge. We lack the macro nutrients that keep us going on a day to day bases. Low income families will usually depend on fast food eating because the parents have little to no time to cook healthy meals for their kids. They find it easier and cheaper to pick up fast food than to go grocery shopping and spend a lot of money on fresh groceries. Hungry harvest makes sure that such families have access to healthy foods that are being thrown away but are still edible.
Mat says that it is not impossible to feed the world based on how much food we throw away daily. Evan’s hunger harvest is an example. Though we are not feeding other countries but focusing on our communities, on those neighborhoods that do not have access to healthy foods I believe is a great way to reduce obesity in America.
How to feed the world by Mark Bittman