Yoko Ono has become one the latest public figures to address the growing problem of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to proper and nutritious food to lead a healthy lifestyle.
She’ll be teaming up with Hard Rock International and WhyHunger to promote awareness and raise money to combat childhood hunger through various events on Nov 1.
The announcement comes just a week after Sesame Street aired a primetime special called, “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” which aimed to spread awareness about the growing problem of food insecurity amongst children. Lily, a 7-year-old girl, will be introduced as a new neighbor to the block whose family must rely on programs such as food stamps and pantries after suffering economic setbacks.
Judging by the 44 percent increase in families that had to use food pantries between 2007 and 2009, Lily is an accurate reflection of how families are struggling to eat in today’s economy.
According to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, 1 out of every 5 kids live in a home with inadequate food. They’ve developed a hunger map for the area, which serves a resource for those looking for food banks, farmer’s markets, summer meals and soup kitchens.
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