Where does hunger rank statewide and compared to other surrounding states MS, AR, is Memphis effectively moving the needle?

http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx Visit this interactive map by Feeding America.

What is the one political change in our community that would result in the greatest improvement to relieve / end hunger in Memphis / Shelby County ?

There are a number of ways to be politically active. But in general, making sure SNAP is funded is very important. If you want to get involved, contact one of the local partners that provides EarnBenefits counselors. Visit EarnBenefits.org for more info.

Also, as of July 25th, the house has passed H.R. 4935 which allows the Child Tax Credit to increase for high-income families (from 110,000 to 150,000) and expire for families making less than $13,000.       The staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates that enacting H.R. 4935 would reduce revenues over the 2014-2024 period by about $93.9 billion, and increase direct spending by about $21.0 billion over that period. JCT therefore estimates that enacting the legislation would increase federal budget deficits by about $114.9 billion over the 2014-2024 period.

To contact your representatives about SNAP or H.R. 4935, visit a great organization called RESULTS www.results.org

How is it that the U.S. Congress hasn’t provided adequate food for the young and elderly? –Larry Pivnick

The best way to ensure we hold Congress accountable is to be as active as possible. See results.org

How much food is wanted per day? How we can save that?

It’s hard to put a number on the eradication of world hunger, but we can discuss the ways that best address it. Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Addressing the problem of hunger is the single point where we can leverage relief for all humanitarian issues. With your support, relief organizations such as Stop Hunger Now have the means to deliver to ongoing school feeding programs that sustain lifelong change. Providing a hot meal during school gives parents an incentive to send their children to school. Through receiving a primary school education, the cycle of poverty can begin to be broken by leveraging change in many other issues including education, maternal health, childhood mortality, gender equality and combating HIV/AIDS.

Addressing hunger is a key strategy to increasing education rates and providing a way out of poverty in developing countries. Providing meals in schools increases enrollment. As education levels rise, birth rates and disease rates fall, and communities begin to sustain themselves. The food resources needed to eradicate life-threatening malnutrition are sustainable and hunger experts agree that school feeding programs are the most effective tool for increasing access to education and improving the nutritional status of children.

Many developed nations, including Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and France have long histories of supporting national school feeding programs, a testament to the vitality and effectiveness of these programs. School feeding programs promote education, attract children to school, improve health and nutrition, spur economic growth, combat child labor and create a platform for other interventions. Providing leverage in all of these issues allows the communities to grow and become self-sufficient.

In such a large operation, are you able to feed people with dietary restrictions?

Stop Hunger Now meals are appropriate for most diets. They are rice-based, vegetarian and can be augmented with locally available food and spices. When working in 65 countries, we have to be sensitive to this issue.

Stop Hunger Now meals include rice, soy, veggies, and a vitamin mix. We use soy protein because its vegetarian.

How do you help train organizations / congregations to alleviate hunger through partnerships? – Nadeem

Countless congregations, civic organizations, corporations and schools have enjoyed organizing a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. It is an immensely fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. A group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in just two hours. To get started in organizing your packaging event set a goal for the number of meals you will package and contact Matt Casteel at mcasteel@nullstophungernow.org. Start to recruit volunteers based on the number of meals you plan to package. Then you can begin to fund your event. All you need to raise is 29 cents for each meal you package.