By Vikki Hartt, junior communication arts major
Where does hunger start? That may be a controversial issue for some. Does it start when you’re a child, a teen, an adult? The fact is hunger can happen ANYTIME in your life. Although you may have a job, home, and steady income one year, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed this stability for life.
As the conclusion of this project approaches, I have learned not to judge the people who are hungry because I may have had a different opinion in my head of the person, but in reality they are all people that are equal and in need of help.
With the recession going on now, some people who have had great jobs and steady incomes are being laid off and forced to give up their life styles, losing their homes, cars, and eventually nutrition. Hunger isn’t something you can just run away from.
This is a similar case to the man I referred to in my last post. He had a job, a wife, and kids, but he was laid off and lost everything. Some people may assume that a person that is hungry has most likely been hungry and poor for the majority of their life, but a majority of the people that are hungry in America were able to feed themselves and their children at one point.
The children are also affected with this situation. Some children have grown up in a comfortable environment, then torn from their normal lives and forced to cope with different experiences and environments because their parents have been laid off their jobs and can’t afford the life they once lived.
According to WHO, a child’s major growth and development are in the first eight years of the child’s life. This means it is crucial for these children to have proper nutrition so they can grow and develop both physically and mentally.
It’s important to be open minded when you think of someone hungry try not to judge or be close minded because you don’t know the circumstances that made them go to a soup kitchen, or visit the food bank to feed their children. People of all different backgrounds and ethnicity turn to different food banks and soup kitchens for nutrition they can’t provide for themselves.