November 15, 2010]------Came across this video by the Associated Press, and was struck by the phrase "food insecurity." Is this the new aesthetic phrase for going hungry in America?
According to a Federal report on Monday, 15% or 45 million Americans suffer from "Food insecurity," the highest it's been in 15 years. For those millions of families, the pain of going without such basic, necessary sustenance is scary and affects all aspects of their lives.
If children are worried about going home because their only meals are eaten in the school cafeterias across America, their academic performances are affected.
If adults are terrified of how they are going to feed their children, their health, parental and job performance suffer. Stress can be a debilitating, paralyzing state of mind, body and spirit.
A productive, flourishing, nation, needs all it's able-bodied citizens to function in a healthy capacity, physically and mentally. Can we say that about America today? Are we equipping our children to be strong leaders and competitors of future generations or we weakening ourselves from within by being oblivious or unwittingly, uncaring?
Winston Churchill once said, healthy citizens are a nation's strongest resource.
Check out the attached video to witness some of America's shame. Superpower in name only?
By Veronica P Roberts 11.15.10