This morning we contemplated information from a clip from "Face the Nation" presented by Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.  She is concerned that projections indicate there is an anticipated 50% decrease in commodities available to feed families in the coming year and yet it is also projected that there will be at the same time a 50% increase in demand for those same commodities.   There are systemic problems that cause food insecurity.  While conflicting views were espoused, the conversation concluded with concern that we need to understand the "why" reasons for the issues that exist as barriers before we can address the problems effectively.  Many resources were discussed that currently exist in our community - cooking classes that also provide free crock pots, gardening programs, farm to table programs, nutrition and wellness programs, and poverty simulation programs for those who have never experienced poverty and don't understand the systemic and daily challenges that one faces in that situation.  It was suggested that rather than create new programs ourselves, it might be more useful for our community if a list could be complied of the programs that do exist in our community so that they could be better promoted to benefit everyone who may be in need of assistance.
This morning we contemplated information from a clip from "Face the Nation" presented by Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.  She is concerned that projections indicate there is an anticipated 50% decrease in commodities available to feed families in the coming year and yet it is also projected that there will be at the same time a 50% increase in demand for those same commodities.   There are systemic problems that cause food insecurity.  While conflicting views were espoused, the conversation concluded with concern that we need to understand the "why" reasons for the issues that exist as barriers before we can address the problems effectively.  Many resources were discussed that currently exist in our community - cooking classes that also provide free crock pots, gardening programs, farm to table programs, nutrition and wellness programs, and poverty simulation programs for those who have never experienced poverty and don't understand the systemic and daily challenges that one faces in that situation.  It was suggested that rather than create new programs ourselves, it might be more useful for our community if a list could be compiled of the programs that do exist in our community so that they could be better promoted to benefit everyone who may be in need of assistance.
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