Child Hunger Ends Here: A Special Report

March 18, 2011

This Saturday will air a special on NBC examing hunger in our most vulnerable population.

Child Hunger Ends Here: A Special Report is hosted by Al Roker and Natalie Morales (who also filmed the PSA below). This special will examine the problem with children who struggle with getting enough to eat. This report was made possible by our long-time partner, ConAgra Foods.

Coinciding with the airing, I will be participating in a Twitter party with Steff Childs of ConAgra Foods. We will be answering questions about hunger at the hashtag #childhungerendshere. Please join us at 7 pm EST and/or 7 pm PST.

Local listings of the show are below:

Child Hunger Ends Here

Posted by Dan Michel on March 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM in National Initiatives
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Though it’s great that NBC is bringing the issue of the childhood hunger epidemic to their viewers’ attention it brings up the question of why didn’t NBC ask what needed to be asked at the end of the program and instead pretend like people donating $10 or $15 to some food bank is going to accomplish much of anything? NBC carefully avoided the hard questions that the hunger epidemic in America raises.

For instance why is it that in the so-called richest country in the world this is even an issue? More to the point, why don’t we have a government that cares about people who AREN’T business owners, you know, the average working people in this country struggling to make ends meet and who couldn’t dream of having enough money to buy a brand new car let alone open their own business so they can exploit OTHERS? In other words, why don’t we have a government that mandates a federal minimum wage that (gasp!) a person can actually afford to LIVE on? Because $7.25/hour is so far out of touch with reality as to be comical if it weren’t causing so much starvation and misery. Nobody anywhere in this country, not even in dirt-poor Alabama, can afford to support himself let alone raise a family on $7.25/hour. Yet businesses don’t legally have to pay their workers a penny more than this rate (with the few exceptions being a handful of states where the minimum wage is actually slightly higher than this, for example a still-laughable $8/hour.) Google “living wage calculator” to see what the living wage is in your area. In no place in the U.S. is a living wage below $12-something/hour for a single man with no kids. How about a government that has enough guts to tell business owners large and small that they will now start paying their workers a living wage? That if they want to keep their business license they will have to pay their employees at least $12-something an hour with the new minimum wage pegged to inflation so that if the dollar loses for example 10% of its value next year then the workers’ wages go up by 10% to compensate?

That would be the beginning of making America into something worth actually being proud of instead of being a byword among nations and a glaring example of how NOT to run a country. Because as it stands now the U.S. is a sick joke played on every single one of us who wasn’t born into a billionaire family. It’s the land of opportunity, but only if you already HAVE opportunities, only if you already ARE wealthy whereas it’s nothing but the land of wage slavery for the rest of us not fortunate enough to be born with a silver spoon up our rear end.

Let’s dispense with the bandaids on arterial bleeding which is what do-nothing “solutions” like asking people for $10 or $15 donations for food banks amount to and start eliminating the REASON working people have to rely on food banks in the first place.

Posted by Slavery_Sadly_Still_Exists | March 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Well its tragic, you forgot to mention the amount of money calculated in trillions which is deployed for military functions, and marines been sent into an alien country. The equivalent amount of money should be saved and utilized for the growth, sanitation and well being of the malnutrition and the under – privileged. All in all the entire article speaks for itself. P.S – Don’t concentrate more on the economic growth but help the needy as well..surely the results will be seen.

Posted by Saurabh | August 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

An epidemic of child hunger? I thought we were dealing with an epidemic of childhood obesity. Is it an epidemic of hungry obese children? The news media needs to get their epidemic of the week sorted out!

Posted by DavidB | September 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I think a child going hungry is sad and I just don’t understand with all the free breakfast and lunch programs in our schools and also programs in so many of our towns, why is it so hard for children to get fed? What are the main reasons? Do the parents sell the food they get sent home with? Are the parents not at home to fix any of the meals?

I am just trying to find out these reasons. A box of cereal and bananas isn’t that costly.

My heart breaks for these innocent children!!

Posted by Gidget | March 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

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