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Ambassador Tony Hall created the Hall Hunger Initiative in 2015 as part of his life-long work to end hunger. He represented the third district of Ohio, and therefore, Dayton in Congress from 1979 to 2002. In 1984, he witnessed children starving to death in Ethiopia. That experience changed his life. Since then, he has become one of the world’s leading advocates for ending hunger and improving human rights in America and around the world.
Fresh, nutritious food is vital to health. While that’s common sense, we see more and more evidence of how lack of access to healthy food is a dangerous situation which leads to debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases. Tens of thousands of Montgomery County residents are at increased risk of suffering from preventable diseases simply because they don’t have access to the right food. Your zip code should not determine your health or longevity but that’s the reality for too many of our neighbors.
In the United States, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, it’s caused by poverty. To understand poverty, we have to understand racial disparities in the United States. One way to explore this issue is the Racial Wealth Gap simulation. Using the material designed by Bread for the World, the facilitators from Hall Hunger Initiative guide participants through a fact-based exercise with specific examples of policies and their consequences. In about an hour, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.
We’ve endured a KKK rally, 15 devastating tornados, groceries stores closing, farmers unable to plant crops because of constant rain, and more. In the last few years, we have been listed as the FOURTH hungriest city in the nation and noted for having one of the highest opioid deaths rates in the nation. Our community continues to suffer from high infant mortality, loss of good paying jobs, the biggest food desert in the state, and more.