Poverty and hunger still persist in the United States. While the federal government does its euphemistic best to smooth the rough edges of a distressing situation— it now refers to hunger as “food insecurity” — the fact remains that about 45 million people are still living in poverty and some 15 million households “had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.”
While this is actually a year-to-year improvement in the numbers of poor and hungry in the Nation, it is still a larger figure than the country experienced in 2008 at the beginning of the Great Recession.
The Alfred Banks Memorial Food for the Hungry Foundation is conscious of this situation and continued to do its part to make life better for some of the hungry during 2016. While increased public awareness of homelessness in the Los Angeles area sparked approval of a City bond issue to build more affordable housing, nothing was specifically done to solve the income problems of the homeless. As a result, the Foundation continued to meet its charter requirement to provide funds to feed “needy at-risk homeless youths in and around Hollywood, California.”
During calendar year 2016, the Foundation accomplished the following:
- Donated funds to some 10 separate organizations involved in food distribution to people living in the Los Angeles area.
- Gave money to the LA Mission to help ensure that hundreds of homeless individuals received meals with all the trimmings at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Continued its support of the Los Angeles Youth Network which provides meals, housing, employment assistance, and counseling for runaway and homeless kids in and around Hollywood.
The Foundation will continue to monitor changing conditions and attitudes
affecting the hungry and the homeless throughout the year so that its resources
can be targeted on doing the most good for the most people where they are