The American food system is broken. I don’t exactly know when exactly it happened, but at some point along the road things went wrong. Horribly wrong. Our values are mixed up. We subsidize all the wrong crops–corn (so much corn), soy, wheat–when what we should be focusing on is fresh produce at the peak of its nutritional value. Because of this, the cost of fruits and vegetables has risen 40% over the past few decades, while the price of processed foods has gone down 40%. Federal support is given in the form of dollars rather than nutrition. So for a person living on food stamps, with a budget of less than $4 A DAY (not per meal…) it’s more practical to fill up on higher calorie foods to satisfy hunger. It costs about the same to buy a bag of chips and a 2 liter bottle of soda as it does to buy a pound of farm fresh green beans.
SNAP—the nation’s food stamp program—is at risk for severe cuts that would impact millions of families, especially children, that rely on school meals and food stamps to survive. Today there are 50 million people in American that are hungry, that struggle to know where their next meal is coming from. That means 1 in 4 kids. Our future is hungry. It’s time to take a stand. Food Bloggers Against Hunger was created in response to the new documentary from Participant Media, A Place at the Table. Today, April 8, 2013, food bloggers across the country are donating their posts to raise awareness about the film, issues of hunger and encourage readers to take action.