Feeding a society is challenge enough, even in peacetime. Droughts or flooding can always interrupt the growing of food. There may be transportation, storage and distribution issues with food. In wartime everything is disrupted.
It would be an understatement to simply say that I was impacted by the experiences I made during my trip. Though I was ready to serve, inspire, and change others, I found myself being served, inspired, and changed by the people I met.
The film shows that hunger, for children and people as a whole, is a problem that America has solved in the past and can solve again if average Americans demand it. A Place at the Table shows us that it's easier than we think.
It is startling to think that more than 16 million American children struggled with hunger in 2011. That is a shockingly embarrassing figure to a nation that calls itself the breadbasket to the world, and a situation that should be unacceptable.
Today, some 1 billion people are still undernourished and many countries are far from achieving the first millennium development goal of halving the proportion of people living in hunger and extreme poverty by 2015.