May 2017: Arizonans Preventing Hunger Action Plan from the DES Hunger Advisory Council
The face of hunger has changed dramatically! Food Insecurity* now affects almost one in six Arizonans.1 The working poor live from paycheck to paycheck without savings. And 2.6 million Arizonans live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.2 When faced with a car repair, an increase in rent, or a medical emergency, these individuals and families fall behind in payments and cannot free themselves from crushing debt. As the cost of living rises3, hunger affects seniors on fixed incomes, adults working at two or more jobs, and children who worry about empty refrigerators instead of math homework.
Since the Great Recession of 2008, the lines at food banks have continued to grow longer, including persons who formerly donated to those food banks.4 Emergency food providers are stretching to a breaking point. And low-income persons living in “food deserts” lack access to nutritious foods. These are just some of the needs that we can address together.
The Arizona Hunger Advisory Council of the Department of Economic Security invites you (your agency, business, church, school, etc.) to join in taking effective action steps to prevent hunger in your community.
This Study estimates that an extra annual investment of $160 in each poor person would eliminate extreme poverty and hunger.
This major new UN report has estimated the cost of additional investments needed to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, the first two major objectives of proposed global sustainable development goals.
The study, prepared by FAO, IFAD and WFP, the UN Rome-based agencies, ahead of September’s summit on the post-2015 development agenda, finds that an extra investment between 2016 and 2030 of $160 per poor person per year focused on rural people would sustainably end hunger and extreme poverty. These 11 points help break down the numbers…download the report to see more….
Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project seeks to learn more about the face of hunger at the local community level. Feeding America has published Map the Meal Gap data since 2009, with support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ConAgra Food Foundation and The Nielsen Company, to learn more about food security at the local community level. The annual study measures the population affected by food insecurity and the factors that contribute to need in households across the country, including weekly food-budget shortfalls, demographics, poverty levels and unemployment rates.
2014 Data (released April, 2016): Almost 1 in 5 Arizonans (17.1%), or 1.15 million people, struggled with food insecurity in 2014. Children are disproportionally affected: more than 1 in 4 Arizona children (26.8% – an estimated 434,840) suffered from food insecurity in that same time period. Arizona’s struggles with food insecurity exceed national averages: nationwide, the food insecurity rate was 15.4%. By county, Apache County had the highest rate of food insecurity nationwide at 26.4%. When a household suffers from food insecurity, it means they may lack access to or the ability to afford enough food to feed their household. Map the Meal Gap also breaks down food insecurity rates by county and Congressional District, providing an estimate of how much money it would take to make everyone food secure.
About the Advocacy Playbook
This tool was developed by the Alliance to End Hunger as part of a larger collaboration to ignite and catapult volunteering in the hunger space by creating a national call to action and providing training opportunities focused on strategic volunteer activities.
ConAgra Foods Foundation brought the Alliance to End Hunger together with five other national partners- Cities of Service, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Points of Light, Taproot Foundation and VolunteerMatch- to:
- To inspire and engage more people to dedicate their time, talents, and voice to the fight against child hunger.
- To increase volunteers’ participation in strategic service activities which can yield greater results and impact toward reducing hunger in the United States.
The Alliance to End Hunger will accomplish these goals by increasing participation in advocacy actions that will inform and engage elected officials to champion an end to hunger. This Advocacy Playbook and associated webinars and trainings are a part of that effort.