We live in a nation of great opportunity. A land of plenty. In America, no child should ever go to bed hungry. But millions do every night.
About one out of every five U.S. households experiences "food insecurity"—they run out of money and food in any given month and go hungry, according to the USDA.
In response, World Vision prepares and distributes family food kits to serve the most vulnerable children and families in America. Each kit contains three to four meal packets (breakfast, lunch, dinner). That's enough food to feed a family of five for one day by providing sustenance such as oatmeal, lentil soup, and pasta.
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"Food insecurity" sounds like beef and veggies with an anxiety problem.
But hunger is hardly a joke for more than 50 million Americans—including 16.7 million children under 18—who were considered food insecure in 2011. According to the USDA, they were unable to acquire enough food for their households in any given month due to lack of money and other resources.