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Some Alameda County stats;

- 100,000 adults live in food-insecure households (2005 County Nutrition Profile,
CFPA)
- More than 325,251 individuals (both adults and children) are vulnerable to the
indignity of hunger, frequently skipping meals or eating too little. (U.S. Census
Bureau 2003 American Community Survey)
- Preschool and school-aged children who experience sever hunger have higher
levels of chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and behavior problems than
children without hunger. As a result these children miss more days of school and
are less ready to learn when they are able to attend school. (Center on Hunger
and Poverty)

...and this is just one county.

Food is one thing that America has absolutely no lack of and it's completely
appalling the amount it wastes. There is more than enough food to feed
every man, woman and child in this country, but when profit is the
ultimate motive of food companies coupled with societal lack of basic
compassion and resentment towards individuals having a hard time, we
get restaurant trash bins full of food across the states, while far too
many people must scavenge for it.

A major multimedia awareness campaign must be launched to inform people about exactly what the food
consumption process is. From how the food is produced to how it gets to
our plate. From where it comes from to what happens with the extra we
throw away and what could happen if we develop a means of sharing. Not
only could people become more conscientious about the food security of
others, but they can become more health conscious about food in
general.

Nothing will change until the consciousness of the people shift, and the shift can only take place when people have the
full knowledge. With full knowledge, individuals will no longer throw
away food. "Doggy bags" will be common place as people leave the
restaurant and give the food to a homeless person outside.
Individual efforts will become collective efforts as communities begin
acknowledging that stuffing oneself full of food is not only not
healthy, it's not necessary. Inviting people in need to a meal will
become more common and this will begin to have a ripple effect into
other communities, leading to creations of community gardens and co-operatives that ensure every person in the community is fed.

One great solution taking place in Alameda County is happening in Berkeley at Martin Luther King Jr. middle school's Edible Garden: http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/video

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