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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Ashley M- USA, Nov. 19, 2011

As most know, hunger is an ever growing problem throughout the world. People always say, “Don’t waste your food because there is someone out there who would love to have that food.” I know there are people out there who don’t have as much food as they need, but we don’t have to make ourselves feel bad because we can’t give our leftovers to someone halfway accross the world! We can, however, help in other ways like volunteering at food banks and donating to food drives. This is a great way to feel like you have contributed to make someone else’s life easier. At my brother’s school, they have a canned and nonperishable food drive around Thanksgiving and again around Christmas time. We try to donate every year because we know it is for a good cause. Here are some links for food banks and associations that deal with helping those with hunger:

http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/ www.southunioncdc.org www.foodforthepoor.org/Relief
Ashley M- USA
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  • Julianne P-USA Julianne P-USA Nov. 21, 2011
    I think you're making a really good point. We should help others in our community by volunteering and making our time useful to those in need, rather than just donating small amounts of money, not even knowing where it goes. Actually going out and helping at a food bank or running a food drive is a great alternative to that. We always used to have a food drive at my middle school, and my mom and I always try to volunteer every year at the food bank. I feel like we've really made a difference in many families lives and we're one step closer to ending the problem of world hunger.
  • Bryar J-Sweden Bryar J-Sweden Nov. 25, 2011
    I don't see the main problem as the lack of food. The main problem according to me is that these poor countries have to grow tobacco and such instead of food just because they don't have the money to change to farming food. And because they don't have the farming “slots” to grow food. For an example China produced almost 3,000 metric tons of tobacco in 2001. Also many countries in Africa depend on the tobacco industry for survival, and the major buyers of tobacco keep lowering the prices of the tobacco leafs. If we could supply the farms with the money to change their crop from tobacco to rice or corn they could supply their own country with the food it needs. Nobody ever notices this problem, since the tobacco industry is cloudy and never give us any idea about what they're doing to the worlds hunger problems.
  • Ashley M- USA Ashley M- USA Nov. 25, 2011
    This is a good point that I never thought of, Bryar. Food is not necessarily the answer to solving the hunger problems in the world. If some other countries could pitch in so that the countries that the countries that depend on tobacco could switch over to food crops. This would help a lot with the counties that are struggling
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