Coalition Says Food Drives Aren’t Solving Hunger Problems
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new federal report says more Americans than ever are struggling to eat, and a local food advocate says it’s time to try another way to feed the hungry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Household Food Security Report shows that nearly 15-percent of American households had trouble getting food in 2009 – the highest rate since the USDA started measuring food security more than a decade ago:
“The hunger problem in America can’t be solved with a food drive.”
Carey Morgan, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger:
“These numbers come out every year and yet these numbers remain the same. And until there’s a collective outrage over these numbers, nothing is going to get done.”
Morgan says voters must push the House to pass a strong Child Nutrition Bill this session to fund programs that help children at risk for hunger.
Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio