Hunger is an epidemic that occurs all around the world. Although it is something we may hear about more often elsewhere, the truth is, millions of Americans suffer from food insecurity right here in our own backyard.
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.
While stunting is something few lay people know about, UNICEF hopes to make it a global priority. When Americans learn about stunting, they may naturally assume the phenomenon is limited to developing nations, that it doesn't come homegrown.
Last year more Americans relied on food stamps to eat than at any time since the program began in 1939 -- 46 million. Yet once again some voices are starting to wonder whether we really need robust anti-hunger programs in America.
Because of my own personal history with hunger, I am compelled to do something to help. Not just for those who are in need, but also to start setting good examples for my children on altruism and on being good citizens.
When most people think of poverty, they think of places like Africa and Haiti, not America. But poverty here in the United States does exist, and it is more prevalent than most Americans know or would like to believe.