Feed the Hungry
What's Left for Food?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2010, 50 million people lived in food insecure households. Of these 50 million, 17 million are children.
The Food and Research Action Center, defines hunger as the uneasy sensation or painful sensation caused by lack of food. Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to enough food to meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that the 2009 poverty threshold for the 48 contiguous states and Washington, DC for a family of three to be $18,310 and for a family of four, $22,050.
The purpose of the worksheet is to give children a clear idea of what it costs to feed a family who is living at the poverty line or threshold.
If only one person in the family works full time (40 hours) and earns the minimum wage ($6.55 per hour as of July 2008) the weekly salary will amount to $262. Multiply that by 50 weeks and the total gross annual family income is $13,100. That is $5,210 less than what the U.S. government considers the poverty threshold for a family of three!
Distribute the Hunger in America -- Facts for Kids sheet to initiate discussion on who is at risk of being hungry in America and why.
For more facts on hunger in America to help your club understand the issue, check out:
Feeding America, (formerly America's Second Harvest)
What's Left for Food? Worksheet
The What's Left For Food? Worksheet (see below or on right side bar of Feed the Hungry page under Club Activities) will help your club members understand how hard it may be for some families in your community to put enough food on the table.
Classified real estate ads from your local newspaper
Calculators - optional