News Flash link b/t Poverty & Food Insecurity
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Economic Research Report (ERR-235) July 2017, there’s a “strong correlation between food security status and chronic health conditions among working age adults living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line”, you don’t say, who would of thought. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights ten chronic diseases that are often the result of food insecurity. The report names diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis, stroke, cancer, asthma, coronary heart disease and more as diseases of the poor.
CDC continues food insecurity is a predictor of health among working age adults in the US. If members of this food insecurity group are very poor, poor or just above the federal poverty threshold the health outcome is the same, poor health, chronic disease & inferior health outcomes result. USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will bolster the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program with $16.8 million in funding which was obtained from thirty two grants. The impetus of the program is to push participants in SNAP to purchase more fruits and vegetables.
As funds were awarded to the poor, Sonny decided it was time to pay a visit to the poor, to witness how they were getting along with their fruits & vegetables. While driving in & around Poorville, Sonny noticed something odd, recipients of additional funding laid unconscious along the roadside. Sonny, traversed several streets, the picture was the same more unconscious recipients some with fruits & vegetables others with none. After gaining the courage to inquire with one of the half dead families, Sonny pulled over, got out of his car, nonchalantly strolled up to a family asking what’s wrong, what happened. The family said water please sir, Sonny smiled pulled out a case of Perrier & said drink as much as you’d like. They drank the case sat down & said how can we help you sir.
Sonny, casually asked why were you passed out along the road & why are all of those people some with groceries & others without passed out in the dirt? Just then both parents stood up saying we were told we must by fruits & vegetables or we won’t receive help with feeding our family, it’s the same for the other families strung out alongside the roads to and from town. Sonny intervened, that’s good right? They looked at Sonny with tears in their eyes saying we live in a food desert, we don’t have a car and there’s no public transportation, they say it’s not profitable to have it here. The only food for 20 miles is Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s and the fatback shack. We’re exhausted from the walk, those along the road with groceries are on their way back from the walk while those without are starting their second trip please help them.
More can be found at https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details?pubid=84466 and at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/08/07/secretary-perdue-announces-168-million-encourage-snap-participants and at https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2017/006617