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Nutrition

Nutrition Programs for Children and Seniors Threatened

The House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 2112 – Agriculture Appropriations for 2012. Some provisions would reduce access to food for members of our communities who are living in poverty – particularly children and the elderly. Read more

Nutritious Food

Though millions of children in the United States suffer from food insecurity, a third of all children in the nation are obese or at risk of being obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2008, only one state, Colorado, had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. These statistics present a seemingly great paradox. The high prevalence of obesity cannot simply be attributed to over-consumption of food, but rather the unavailability of healthy, nutritious food.

Farm-to-School Programs

As the U.S. Bishops remind us, “A key measure of every agricultural program and legislative initiative is whether it helps the most vulnerable farmers, farmworkers, and their families and whether it contributes to a global food system that provides basic nutrition for all.” (USCCB, “Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers”)

Rural family farmers have been struggling in recent years due to the industrialization of the food industry by major corporations.

Food

"For I was hungry and you gave me food"(Mt 25:35). As Catholics, we are called to respect and uphold each individual’s right to life and dignity. Food insecurity, which is defined as the inability to meet basic food needs because of a lack of financial resource, diminishes an individual’s ability to lead a dignified life – and the fact that it exists in our rich nation is unconscionable.

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