Hunger Hits Home was shown on the Food Network the other night. It is available online and will be aired again April 21 at 5 PM CT and April 23 9 AM CT.
The show was sponsored by the Food Network and Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry Campaign. Some of the statistics from the show are:
More than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put food on the table, 1 out of 5 kids.
For many kids, most of the meals they receive are the free or reduced priced school meals. Now with summer coming, most are not going to receive those meals when there is not school.
Almost 45 million Americans used SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) in 2011.
In some areas, people are having difficulty affording food to feed their families. There are areas that people only have certain places to shop locally such as convenience stores where it is difficult to buy nutritious food. One of the women shown in the special had to take a 45 subway ride to buy fruits and vegetables and could only afford to buy a small bag of vegetables.