Hunger in America

State WW Food Insecurity 2020

A Place at the Table

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How poor people survive in the USA

Watch “A Place at the Table” and “Being Poor in America” plus review the slide presentation in order to answer these questions:

1. The U.S. has an abundance of food. Why is it, then, that approximately 45- 50 million people in the U.S. are food insecure?

2. What does it mean to be food insecure? Are people food insecure in the Bay Area? Explain.

3. How does the USDA define food deserts? Also describe one food desert which you may or may not be familiar with. Name it and describe it.

4. Would you agree with this statement? Why or why not? “Most people who are food insecure don’t have jobs.”

5. In a Place at the Table you’re introduced to three Americans–Rosie, Barbie, and Tremonica. Through each of their stories we learn about key factors contributing to the hunger crisis in America. Discuss one of their stories and why they are hungry. What could be done to help them?

6. Because of lack of access to healthy food, other health issues are occurring in the U.S. Explain one health issue that is a direct or indirect result of not having access to healthy food.

7. The Documentary “How Poor People Survive in America ” is produced by a German company and has an “outside” perspective. Throughout the film, examples are given about what people are doing to “survive”. Give two examples. Who (agency, person, government) is helping them survive (if anyone)?

8. Give examples from the documentary of “why” people are homeless or living in poverty? What else do you think could/should be done to help specific groups of people. (Be specific.)

Topic #2: COVID Impact on the Poorest on the Planet

1. From the Documentary (in this week’s presentation) and listed in the Intro Module too about the impact of Covid-19 on the poorest people in poor countries, please describe three challenges poor are facing. Please use specific examples from the video report.

2. How does the World Health Organization define “extreme poverty”? What areas of the world are most challenged with “extreme poverty”?

3. What is being done for those countries struggling with COVID and what else do YOU think could be done?

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