There are so many worthy causes today that are vying for our attention that it can be easy to forget a persistent social problem that is impacting people around the world and that is often happening right under our own noses.
That social issue is the social problem of hunger or perhaps to frame it more technically: the lack of food security. While some ailments such as cancer or a broken leg can be easy to spot, hunger, except in the most extreme cases can be invisible.
We often have no way of knowing whether or not people have the resources to feed themselves and many people who might be dealing with hunger or the lack of food security might not be want to be open about the fact that they are struggling.
Food security on the household level is defined as a state where each person in a household has the ability to eat enough food in order to maintain their health and lead a high quality of life. Wikipedia defines food insecurity as a state when a person or community’s access to food that is safe to eat is imperiled.
The social issue of hunger can slip under the noses of people who have the ability to do something about it because the issue seems like such a basic one.
After all we know that the world has enough food for everyone to eat so it might not occur to us that there are many people, even people who are citizens of industrialized nations, who do not have ways to acquire food that is safe for them to eat and in a way that does not put them in danger. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter
Access to food seems like such a basic issue but it is an issue that is intertwined with and that impacts other issues. If a person living in poverty does not have the ability to access enough food to eat then that will impact basic things such as their concentration which can impact the way that they perform in school and on the job.
People who are living in a state of food insecurity will also have a much more difficult time getting over illnesses such as the common cold or the flu than someone who is food secure.
That said there are organizations who are working on solving the issue of food insecurity and other issues that are related to hunger. One of those organizations is the United Nations agency that is known as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The Food and Agriculture Organization was established in the 20th century in order to be the lead United Nations agency that focuses on the issue of alleviating global hunger.
Just as the Food and Agriculture Organization focuses its efforts on alleviating an important social issue the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund focuses on concentrating its efforts on making the world a better place.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a nonprofit organization that was launched by journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The organization focuses on supporting nonprofits in the state of Arizona that empower marginalized communities.
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