Hunger In East Tenessee: The Unnecessary Plague

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Why are there families with children that go all weekend without a meal while our grocery stores are overflowing with food, and our pantries at home have more than we need? If more people were educated about the reality of hunger in East Tennessee, then more people would be inclined to help resolve the problem. Through education this issue can be eradicated. There are ways to better inform East Tennesseans about the realities that plague our poverty stricken population that are ultimately avoidable. Volunteering and making donations to the food pantries and organizations in the area are two of the best ways to support the less fortunate who need aid. In East Tennessee, hunger is a much larger problem than most people know and could be reduced if more people were educated about it, new ways were found to promote feeding the hungry, people volunteered and donated.
Ronald Reagan took office January 20, 1981, and implemented his policy of Reaganonmics, which reduced government spending. In Closing the Food Gap, Mark Winne states, “Many elderly people who were surviving off of a meager Social Security Income and an allotment of food stamps were devastated when Reagan came into office” (Winne 21-23). Because of the reduced government spending, food stamp allotments were drastically reduced. Some rations were cut nearly in half or more, and multitudes were reduced to the minimum amount of ten dollars. Due to the increasing number of hungry people resulting from the lack of government assistance, “grass-root groups fell back on a kind of quintessential can-do American spirit to address the crisis at hand” (Winne 25). Food stamps are a big deal to people who are barely able to make ends meet because their budget must be split between three necessities: food, shelter, and medical expenses. Low-income families already were on a tight budget without much room for alterations, so when food stamps were cut, people were left with empty pockets and empty stomachs. According to Mark Winne, that is when local groups began to do as much as they could to alleviate the effects of hunger; “food pantries, soup kitchens, and Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, all began forming during that time in response to the starving, struggling people” (Winne 25).
Although no one can be taught just how difficult it is to have to go home to a barren pantry and with an empty stomach without experiencing it, people can still learn who hunger affects, how widespread the issue is in East Tennessee or their own community, and what they can do to help. If people know about what is going on and are informed of the seriousness of the issue as a young adult, they might be more inclined to donate to the cause later on. The best way to try to minimize the issue of hunger is to simply raise awareness. There is no way anyone can help out if they don’t know there is a problem that needs to be eliminated. Just like Bearden High School promotes Second Harvest and encourages students...

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