ABC7's Beyond the Headlines: Hunger

Sunday, November 16, 2014
ABC7's Beyond the Headlines: Hunger
Hunger is a silent epidemic that affects seniors, kids, adults, and families. In the Bay Area 780,000 people are at risk of going hungry.

AIRS: Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 10:00AM
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Today's show is about hunger, a silent epidemic that affects seniors, children, adults, and entire families. The troubling statistic is that 780,000 people, in a place as affluent as the Bay Area, are at risk of going hungry.

Five of our Bay Area food banks are a part of a national network called Feeding America. A study by the nonprofit organization found that nearly 49 million people, or one in every seven Americans, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. The problem is worse in the military, where one in every four military families needs some sort of food assistance. Nationall, 43% of the recipients are white, 26% black, and 20% Hispanic.

Our studio guests share valuable insight about how hunger affects people in the Bay Area specifically.

Studio Guests:

Allison Pratt

Policy and Services Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank

Irene Beaumont

Volunteer and Former Client, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

Dakota Beaumont


Cheyenne Beaumont


Paul Ash

Executive Director, SF-Marin Food Bank

Raul Avila

Chair, Parent Teacher Club at Redding Elementary School

Volunteer Coordinator, Healthy Children Pantry, SF-Marin Food Bank

Additional Resources:

Bay Area Food Banks

Call 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) to find your local food bank

Give #WhereYouLive

Text FEED to 80077 to Donate $10