FMTV - Hunger In America

Hunger In America

Runtime: 52m 7s | Release date: 2014

This film features: Donna Gates.

What does the face of hunger look like? Is it a child in Ethiopia? An aging man in Somalia? Or a family in poverty-stricken India? This eye-opening documentary will change your whole perception on what hunger looks like.

In America today, one in six people, including hard-working men and women, suburban families and children, are struggling with hunger. Tonight, over 50 million Americans won’t have enough food to eat by day’s end. The face of hunger in America is not just the homeless, like everyone thinks. As it turns out, the face of hunger in America is the single mom, it’s grandparents raising babies, it’s the elderly, it’s the infirm.

This is their story…

Featuring:
Jaynee Day
Tina Edwards
Donna Gates
Lucio Guerrero
Tom Henry
Scott Porter
Annabel Ruffell

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Aeron H. | 1 year, 9 months ago
This documentary confirmed what I already knew: too many people in America - the land of the free and the home of the brave - are food insecure. It's a global issue, as poverty wreaks havoc around the world. I helped found an organization (in 1996) that served the needs of children and families in small-town America. Sadly, community support was not readily available. Since we were primarily grant funded, support dried up altogether, although there were some individuals and businesses who did more than their share to keep us going past that last grand period. I remember those people with warmth and gratitude. After we closed, some of us volunteered elsewhere in the region and worked to bring other support services to our town.

I have so many wonderful experiences to share...people who were able to get adult education and even training in nursing, truck driving, and various other occupations and academic disciplines. I know an RN who is now a charge nurse in an area medical center and a woman who made her way all the way through law school; they continued their educations on their own after the boost our programs gave them.

Please accept my gratitude for sharing this documentary. My family and I will continue to do what we can to support helping programs and we will suggest this documentary to many. I so agree with the leader in the documentary who noted how VITAL it is for us to realize and ACKNOWLEDGE the hunger problem - and own it. That is the step that makes help possible. Every person has value. How we demonstrate our knowledge of that truth is what makes the difference.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year, 9 months ago
It is our great pleasure to be able to share this amazing film with the world, Aeron! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the film and this topic and for your interest in helping share the message! :) ~ Iris
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Jennifer Reynolds | 2 years, 1 month ago
Sad for hungry children in my country, Australia, who do not receive breakfasts or lunch at school as this is just not on offer.
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Adella Pugh | 11 months, 1 week ago
That is sad. Although, it may be better than being served GMO food that will cause cancers and other life threatening diseases. The children deserve better care all over the world. May God help them all because they depend on the adults to care for them until they reach maturity and can care for themselves.
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Francesca Massey | 2 years, 11 months ago
Thank god for everyday people. Grass roots people changing lives. Real people.
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Julia Poliadis | 3 years ago
It's crazy to me how we are so far removed from growing our own food. You don't need to be a farmer to grow your own food. Americans simply depend on the government and money to eat. All they need is a book and a few seeds and they have an endless amount of fresh food.
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Adella Pugh | 11 months, 1 week ago
It is illegal in some places in America to grow your own food... even on property you own. There are different rules and regulations in different places in America. In some states you can be arrested for growing food, catching rain water to water gardens... So do your research before you make blanket statements about "Americans".
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Annie | 3 years, 1 month ago
There is certainly some great foundational knowledge to be garnered on food instability and the "new" face of hunger in America in this documentary, and for that its worth a watch. What I find wholly infuriating are those few in this doc who offer solutions from a place of privilege. Tell the mother trying to decide between keeping the lights on or bread for her kids to go to the (non-existent) neighborhood grocery store and plunk down seven dollars for a bottle of cashew butter to make her child an organic healthy treat. (And that's just one ingredient!) Or the air of condescension that assumes most families have a local farmer's market where they can buy that delicious two dollar head of cabbage. It's no accident that fresh produce is costly in such communities, while sugar laden chemical heavy "food products"are always on special. I am deeply moved by the grassroots organizations featured in the organization pushing for change in their communities, but "we" as a part of said community must push lawmakers and legislators on every level to ensure that farmers markets, community gardens, low income housing factor become realized solutions. No one can afford this destructive cycle to continue, no matter if we fall above or below the poverty line.
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Shawn Cunningham | 4 years, 7 months ago
Great film, keeping my mind and eyes open now for a way to help others who are in this situation.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 4 years, 7 months ago
Thank you Shawn :) ~ Pauline
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