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Hunger Hits Home documentary by the Food Network

When you hear that one in five children in America, the wealthiest nation in the world, suffer from hunger, it certainly makes worrying about the foods to eat or avoid seem selfish. To bring awareness to the childhood hunger crisis, the Food Network in partnership with Share Our Strength, have produced a documentary filmed across the country to show that no community is immune. The documentary called Hunger Hits Home may just prick your heart to become an anti-hunger activist.
When you hear that one in five children in America, the wealthiest nation in the world, suffer from hunger, it certainly makes worrying about the foods to eat or avoid seem selfish. To bring awareness to the childhood hunger crisis, the Food Network in partnership with Share Our Strength, have produced a documentary filmed across the country to show that no community is immune. The documentary called Hunger Hits Home may just prick your heart to become an anti-hunger activist.
Get a hunger perspective

Hunger Hits Home gives us a first-hand perspective of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of parents, children, anti-hunger advocates, educators, and politicians who are committed to eradicating childhood hunger. The documentary examines the causes, complications and misconceptions about childhood hunger in the United States and shows us that there are innovative solutions being put into practice today to give hope to the more than 16 million American children in need. The film takes us on a cross-country odyssey from urban New York City and Washington, D.C., to suburban Virginia and Texas’ prosperous Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, giving us an inside view of the hunger crisis through the lives of three hardworking families struggling to make ends meet.

Celebrity support for feeding hungry children

Hunger Hits Home is narrated by Oscar-winning actor and longtime anti-hunger activist Jeff Bridges. Though it is heart-wrenching, the documentary is also empowering and encourages action to help make sure our nation’s children are being fed. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share Our Strength, whose No Kid Hungry initiative aims to eradicate child hunger in America by 2015 by surrounding children with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

“Producing this documentary with our partner, Share Our Strength, has been a highlight in our five-year relationship,” says Brooke Johnson, president of the Food Network & Cooking Channel. “Food Network strives to entertain, inform and empower our audience with the programming we create. I can think of no better way to harness the power of Food Network’s reach than by offering our fans the chance to connect and if they so choose, take action to join us in this important fight.”

Now is the time to act

A steady job no longer guarantees a full cupboard for families. Worse, parents fear the stigma attached to asking for help and are facing choices they never imagined. The ongoing economic downturn forces more and more Americans to slip beneath the poverty line, and, in the halls of the nation’s capitol, funding cuts threaten existing assistance programs even as the need for them increases.

“This is the moment to act,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. “Right now, a fifth of our youngest generation is struggling with hunger. When these kids get the food they need, they feel better, they learn more and they grow up stronger. The good news is that, together, we can make that happen.”

Anti-hunger advocates offer hope

This film also profiles some of America’s heroes in the continuing fight against childhood hunger, including a determined food pantry founder who makes the battle personal and an elementary school principal who refuses to let his students go hungry. It documents the work of government officials and not-for-profit leaders who will move mountains to mobilize necessary resources. With efforts large and small, these people are helping to fulfill Share Our Strength’s commitment to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015. In Hunger Hits Home, each family profiled finds unique solutions to their unique problems, utilizing traditional methods like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps), innovative ideas such as subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) baskets for families without access to fresh foods and in-classroom meals that ensure students get a balanced breakfast. But with problems this diverse, anti-hunger activists agree that there is no quick fix to the devastating effects of hunger on American children. They also agree that finding a solution is one of the most critical issues facing Americans today.

For more information on Hunger Hits Home, visit FoodNetwork.com.

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