2010: A year of hunger-relief in review

December 31, 2010

What a year it’s been in the fight against hunger as more Americans scrambled to stretch their budgets. Here at Feeding America, the Hunger in America 2010 study showed us that Americans were indeed reeling from the state of the nation, with 37 million individuals turning annually to our network of more than 200 food banks.  Astonishingly, this is a 46 percent increase from numbers reported in the 2006 report. As a network entrusted with serving our community through the help of our benevolent partners and donors, we are reaching more people now than we ever have in over 30 years of food banking.  But with 50 million individuals struggling with hunger, we knew this was our year to step up our efforts.

As the year ends, news outlets have been abuzz about new data released by Pew Research  that found the oil spill, the economy, health care reform and extending jobless benefits all dominated 2010’s news. People followed the media with some trepidation as many weren’t gaining jobs as fast as they had hoped  and thousands lost jobs when, five years after Hurricane Katrina, citizens along the southern coast were struck with another disaster.  No matter how much or how little we had, we wanted to know who would be fiscally responsible for our physical health and our budgets. Many of these issues affected our work here at Feeding America.

It’s been great to do the work that we do here, and we weren’t left to endure the fight alone. Join us as we look back at the year of domestic hunger-relief.

And as we say goodbye to 2010, we here at Feeding America want to thank you for all of your support.

February saw the launch of the Feeding America blog. This marked the beginning of the organization's efforts to engage Americans in a national dialogue about domestic hunger. In March, CEO and President Vicki Escarra began writing commentaries for the Huffington Post.
Hunger in America 2010 was released in March, providing comprehensive information on our emergency food distribution system.
Our nation's capital sets the tone for the year as the goverment pushed the country to end hunger by 2015.
In an effort to support Child Nutrition reauthorization, Scott Wolf headed to DC and joined the 2010 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference through his role on the Feeding America Entertainment Council.
Singer / songwriter Spencer Day lent the proceeds of his song Better Day to Feeding America.
Feeding America was once again a beneficiary of American Idol's 'Idol Gives Back' campaign.
June marked the end of our third annual Pound for Pound Challenge, with 6 million pounds pledged. Through the inspirational efforts of NBC's the Biggest Loser, Americans could pledge to lose weight and in turn support their local food bank. For every pound pledge, General Mills donated 14 cents to the Feeding America food bank network.
With unemployment hovering around 10 percent this summer, Feeding America member food banks committed themselves to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach.
Former Feeding America (then America's Second Harvest) President and CEO Bob Forney passed away in late August. Before retiring from the organization in 2007, Forney spearheaded the initial efforts behind Hunger Action Month. He later founded the Global Foodbanking Network.
Entertainment Council Member and celebrity chef Curtis Stone was joined by actress Lindsay Price as they packed disaster relief boxes in New Orleans during the five-year remembrance of Feeding America's hurricane Katrina efforts.
The Child Hunger Corps, a national service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger, began in August. The objective of the program is to increase the number of nutritious snacks and meals served to children in need in local communities across the country. Corps members serve two years at a Feeding America member location. The Child Hunger Corps initiative is sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
Joe Montana was one of the many celebrities that joined Americans during September's Hunger Action Month.
Take a few celebrities, real clients and a lot of genius from the creative minds at Cutwater—mix them together and you have the new Feeding America PSA campaign, brought to you by the Ad Council.
The November/December Hunger-Free Families campaign asked Americans to share the stories of families in need during the holiday season.
Congress delivered a great reason to celebrate this holiday season by passing the Child Nutrition Bill in December! Feeding America advocates and partners called their representatives, demanding to be heard until the legislation was finally passed.

Posted by Nola Akiwowo on December 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM in Hunger in the News, Living with Hunger, Local Efforts, National Initiatives
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Wow… this information is amazing in a scary way. How do I get invovled with Feeding America in my city of Westland,Michigan? I am an elected official and active in my community and want to know how I get started in Michigan… Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely,
Meriem Kadi

Posted by Meriem Kadi | March 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Meriem, you can reach out to your local Feeding America food bank member, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, to find out ways you can help your community. Thanks so much for your support!

Posted by Nola Akiwowo | March 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM

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