A recent report by the USDA’s Economic Research Service has rekindled the constant concern that some people in our country don’t know where their next meal will come from. The report found that the percentage of American’s with very low food security increased last year, from 5.4 % to 5.7%, according to an article by Meatingplace.com.
Although more than three quarters of our population have a steady, secure supply of food, a growing percentage of people suffering from food insecurity, or in other words, a limited access to food due to a lack of money or other resources, is simply unacceptable.
That is why UFCW Partnerships with groups like Feeding the Hungry are so important. The good jobs unions help provide allow us to live well, and put food on the table for our families, but there are many Americans whose jobs don’t allow them to make ends meet. Food should not be a something that someone should have to sacrifice, it is a human right.
The work we do in our communities, like holding food drives, can make a difference, and so can standing together, to achieve a voice for what’s right. It is also important to make sure we vote to keep President Obama in office this November, so government programs that help feed families and individuals who don’t know when their next meal will be won’t disappear.
We must keep sticking together for good jobs that pay people enough to keep themselves and their families fed, because letting people starve is not an option.