Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS)

Hunger Initiatives

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On Wednesday March 30, CELTS had another very successful Empty Bowls event. We had a great turn-out from our community and surrounding areas as well as staff, faculty and students. The number of bowls sold were over 300 and all the proceeds will be donated to the local food bank here in Berea, Kentucky. CELTS would like to extend our gratitude to all of those who made this happen and participated in this event. We look forward to seeing you again next year, thank you!

Programs

We sponsor two programs here at CELTS to help address hunger in our community:

What Causes Hunger?

According to Bread for the World, there are many reasons why hunger exists in our world.  Here are just a few listed on their website:

  • Not enough jobs.
  • Low wages. Salaries not enough to lift them out of poverty.
  • 23 percent of the world’s population possesses 85 percent of the world’s wealth.
  • Not enough education.
  • Unfair treatment of women.
  • Famine and disasters.
  • Unfair laws.

World and Domestic Hunger Statistics

  • Almost 870 million people were chronically undernourished in 2010-’12. The number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high. The vast majority live in developing countries. About 850 million people, or slightly fewer than 15 percent of the population, are estimated to be under-nourished.1
  • In 2011, 14.9 percent (17.9 million households) were food insecure.  5.7 percent of U.S. households (6.8 million households and one-third of all food-insecure households) had very low food security.  In these households, food intake of some household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year due to limited resources.2
  • SNAP-formerly the Food Stamp Program- accounted for 73 percent of all federal food and nutrition assistance spending in 2012.  During fiscal year 2012, an average 46.6 million persons per month participated in the program.  Benefits averaged $133.00 per person per month. 3

Local Statistics

  • In 2006-’10, 3,966 Madison County children (23.3 percent) lived in poverty.4
  • In SY 2011-’12, 56 percent of children in Madison County school district qualified for free or reduced lunch and 59 percent of berea Independent students qualified.5

More Sources

  • “Are We On Track to End Hunger? Hunger Report 2004”.  Bread for the World Institute. 2004  www.bread.org
  • “World Development Indicators 2008.”  The World Bank.  February 2008

Footnotes

1 State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2012 FAO.  “Food Security Statistics”,  www.fao.org/publications/sofi/en/

2 “Household Food Security in the United States in 2011”, http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err141.aspx

3 “Food Assistance Landscape.” USDA Food and Nutrition Service, www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err147.aspx

4 www.kyyouth.org

5 www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/county-data-books/

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