Hunger Issues

There are many facets to hunger and to hunger relief.  Among them are root causes, emergency solutions, state and federal hunger relief programs, local and community food systems, and collaboration among hunger relief partners.

 

 

  • Community Foods and Farmers' Markets Read More
    The best way to assure that a community is food secure is to support and promote convenient access to local, fresh produce. There are several programs existing and some that are needed but do not yet exist in Idaho that build up a community's ability to feed its hungry population, including the acceptance of food stamps (EBT) at farmers' markets, Farm to School programs, and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. The use of these programs and several like them support the local community, keep the economic benefits of spending within the community, while providing fresh and nutritious foods to those in need.
     
  • Food Stamp Program Read More
    The Food Stamp Program is the nation’s basic safety net against hunger. Its goal is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by permitting low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet. Because this is a federal entitlement program, all those who qualify for benefits should receive them. The Food Stamp Program provides a monthly benefit amount to eligible low-income families that can be used to purchase food. Eligibility for the Food Stamp Program is based on household income and assets.
     
  • Community Food Security Read More
    Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.
     
  • Farm Bill 2013 Read More
    The congressional battle over the reauthorization of the Farm Bill has been stalled primarily due to conflict over SNAP funding.
     
  • Childhood Hunger and Nutrition Read More
    A critical component to a healthy life is nutrition. From birth, the intake of vital nutrients is essential to the growth and development of a healthy individual. Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important in establishing and maintaining a good foundation that has implications on a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.
     
  • Senior Hunger and Nutrition Read More

    As a nation, we have a special responsibility to vulnerable populations such as the elderly. Older Americans have built the economy and national infrastructure from which we now benefit.  Raised during the Great Depression, they went on to defend our freedom in the Second World War and won the cold war. America's older citizens have rightly been called the "greatest generation." It is morally reprehensible that the people that built this country should suffer hunger in a land of plenty, which they helped to create.  Food insecurity among this vulnerable population is especially troublesome because they have unique nutritional needs and may require special diets for medical conditions.