Recently on my drive to work one morning, I was reflecting on the holiday season and my overeating! With all the wonderful food at school and Christmas goodies, not to mention the parties, it's like eating my way from one to the other. Then I heard an announcement on the radio that declared that in Los Angles County alone, over 180,000 CHILDREN went to bed hungry each night.
I was stunned, how can this possible be? The program went on to state that close to a half a million households don't get enough to eat or struggle with limited access to nutritious food. It's so unbelievable, ironic and sad that in this land of extreme wealth (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Westwood, THE OC…on and on and on) so many have to make do on so little. And a child that is what hit me between the eyes….. Children.
Food Insecurity with hunger is the uneasy or painful sensation caused by an involuntary lack of food. Have you heard this term before? I had not, didn't even have a clue! A recent report from the UCLA Center for Heath Policy Research entitled Policy Brief concluded that hunger in Los Angeles County affects over 200,000 low -- income adults (not including children) and another 560,000 are at -- risk of being hungry. They are termed food insecure. Almost one in three low-income adults in Los Angeles County (29.8%) frequently cannot afford to put food on the table.
In the land of plenty, we have a disproportionate number of persons living below the Federal Poverty Level.
Overall in the United States 11.3 % (FPL), California 16% and Los Angeles County 20.5%!!!!!
Children in poverty; United States 16.2%, California 24.6% and Los Angles County 30.5%.
This means that one in seven residents in Los Angeles County is food insecure and one in 17 residents experiences hunger at some time.
Folks, this is what you don't hear about Southern California. The truth is sometimes ugly.