About H.U.N.G.E.R.

Did you know that One in 10 Minnesotans, or more than 500,000 state residents, experience food insecurity on a regular basis?

Professor Poverty getting ready to test his Denutrient ray, which instantly removes the nutrients from any food.

Professor Poverty getting ready to test his Denutrient ray, which instantly removes the nutrients from any food.

That is more people than attended Minnesota Vikings home games during the 2014 regular season! Also, 3,500 children are served by food shelves in Minnesota each day! And more than 715,000 people in the metro area are living at or near poverty, an annual income of $47,100 or less for a family of four.

That’s H.U.N.G.E.R. at work! We see it as our mission to make sure that H.U.N.G.E.R. touches everyone from every age and background; and through our efforts, the three main programs to address hunger in Minnesota — food support, food shelves and subsidized school lunches — all hit record levels of use in 2013! In fact, in 2013 there were more than 3 million visits to food Minnesota food shelves. Further, that family of four above has a gap of $11,265 in meeting their basic needs…That’s success in any villain’s book!

That’s why we’ve been diversifying our portfolio into other areas like school lunches and food support like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps). Did you know that almost 2/3 of households receiving SNAP have household members who are elderly, disabled, or under 18, making consistent employment difficult or unachievable…that’s a “Two-Fer”! At H.U.N.G.E.R. we attack the whole person! 

As if that wasn’t enough, of the Minnesota households receiving SNAP benefits 44 % have at least one employed adult residing in the house! That means it’s not merely the unemployed who are affect by H.U.N.G.E.R., it’s working families too! Even with a job, people still need SNAP! In fact, during the 2013 Legislative session, a group of Minnesota lawmakers challenged one another to try to eat for a week on the average SNAP budget of $1.29 per meal. Not one of them made it. You can’t buy these kinds of results! 

On a national scale, more than 49 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, live in households that do not have consistent access to nutritious food. That is the equivalent of the populations of California and Ohio going hungry…we touch a lot of lives! Children who experience hunger get sick more often, recover from illness slower and are hospitalized more frequently than children who do not! They  are more likely to get headaches, stomachaches, colds and ear infections and to experience fatigue. It makes this professor’s cold, dead heart skip a beat just thinking about making this happen! The Harvard School Breakfast Research Summary found that lack of adequate nutrition can impair a child’s ability to concentrate at school. When kids get healthy breakfast, there is an average increase of 17.5% on standardized math scores. At H.U.N.G.E.R., we’re committed to making sure that doesn’t happen!

Our biggest challenge, of course, are Hallie’s Heroes. Through dedicated community organizing and fundraising efforts, they are attempting to defeat us through raising 50,000 combined dollars and food…an amount whose force would be so gigantic it would decimate our plans and permanently cripple H.U.N.G.E.R. We are also now facing other Hunger Heroes aligned with MN FoodShare, and even the Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) is threatening us with their Next 100 Campaign. It’s getting so a supervillain can’t promote poverty, hunger and general distress anymore! Therefore,  Hallie’s Heroes, MN Foodshare and GTCUW must be stopped at all costs!

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