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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

U.S. Hunger Rate Highest In Nearly Two Decades

One year has passed since the National Nursing Network Organization's Board of Directors wished you, your family, neighbors and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. Sadly, too many of our citizens are still without healthcare. We continue to see a rise in health disparities. Unemployment has reached an all time high. According to a USDA study, the U.S. hunger rate is the highest it has been in two decades. One in seven American households struggled to put food on the table in 2008; this number represents 14.6% of U.S. households. In 2007, 11.1% of American households suffered from "food insecurity", defined as not having enough food to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Even more dismal is the fact that one in four children in our country lives on the brink of hunger.

The NNNO Board of Directors asks you to consider making a donation to your community's food bank. The need for food is acute across the nation; the demand is rapidly outpacing the supply and many food cupboards are bare. Food pantries are in need of non-perishable food items of every type, including canned goods, cereal, coffee and juice, as well as toiletry items like toothpaste and brushes, bandages and medication.

Our country is still very much involved in fighting two wars. If you are thinking about sending one of our nation's troops a care package for the holidays, please visit Any Soldier's website for lots of helpful information, including where to send your package, how to send it, and what to put in it.

On a personal note, we remain very grateful and truly overwhelmed by your continued emails and offers of support as we work together to establish an Office of the National Nurse for prevention. Please have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, November 24, 2009  

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