Tough Decisions for our Hungry Neighbors

November 12, 2014 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

When people don’t have access to enough food, impossible trade-offs often follow. In order to put food on the table, high-need families frequently sacrifice other basic needs in order to make ends meet.

Many Second Harvest Heartland clients make tough decisions every day—decisions between food or transportation, food or housing, food or medical care. They choose coping skills to manage their hunger—choosing inexpensive, unhealthy foods to feel full; watering down food or drinks to make them last longer; pawning or selling property for food money or asking family and friends for help.

Our infographic below represents the tough decisions our hungry neighbors had to make at least once in the last year, with information from the Hunger in American 2014 study.

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