In a world where COVID 19 floods the headlines, we’ve realized that as a society, we have a lot of challenges to overcome.
We knew there were gaps in our infrastructure, but this pandemic surely highlighted those gaps in a way most of us didn’t expect. The most vulnerable populations, as expected, have suffered the most. As a company, we’ve experienced how access to technology played a crucial role in our everyday lives, especially with virtual schooling and remote work. Thousands of kids and families are lacking access to proper connectivity and access to computers. During 2020 eSmart Recycling deployed 355 computers to support access to technology thanks to our corporate partners.
Other issues our communities are facing, such as access to food, definitely does not go unnoticed. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, is determined that this no longer happens.
One of America’s leading charities, fighting to alleviate hunger. In the last year, due to the pandemic, around 42 million citizens have been left without access to food security.
In light of this, Feeding America has connected with some 200 food banks to provide more than 6 billion meals for those in need. “It takes my breath away to think about how many people are fighting,” says Babineaux-Fontenot.
This leader, born in Louisiana and granddaughter of 4 sharecroppers, knows very well the effects that hunger causes on the development of any human being. “The cornerstone of good growth begins with nutrition. Denying a person access to a complete diet has many negative implications for her body, such as the development of chronic diseases”.
In a process of malnutrition, the soul also suffers. “I am learning all I can about the trauma that this generates. What does it mean to your spirit as a parent when you have duties to your children and you don’t have the means to feed them? “
Lack of food affects anyone, but in the case of a child, the consequences can be permanent. “There is data that supports the connections that the brain needs to make in its first 1,000 days. When people are deprived of childhood, there are certain connections that their brains never make.
Socially, empathy for hunger is concentrated in children and the elderly, leaving out the working class, who with even 3 jobs under their belt, struggle to build a food-safe home for their families and do not have the support of the system.
In the most powerful nation in the world, such a problem does not make sense. “We produce more than enough food to feed every person in this country. We throw away more than enough food to make sure that every person in this country has enough to eat. At the beginning of 2020, the statistics said that about 72 billion perfectly edible foods were going to landfills. “
Although there is much to do, you must start somewhere. “One of the main food sources that we provide within our system is retail food. Instead of allowing food to spoil, they give us that food and we provide it to people in need”.
Babineaux-Fontenot’s kindness and hard work have been recognized by philanthropists such as writer MacKenzie Scott (former MacKenzie Bezos), who donated more than $ 20 million to the organization. She also provided them with an attorney and a financial expert.
FEEDING AMERICA is determined to end hunger in America. “As part of our mission, we want people to be able to come to us. We are in a process of scaling things that we have already learned. We can see in a few years that there will be no reason for people in this country to fight chronic hunger” says Babineaux-Fontenot with a big smile on her face.
- Carmen María Cermeño. –
The original source from which this article was curated came from: https://time.com/5946206/feeding-america-ceo-claire-babineaux-fontenot-hunger-america/