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The government must take responsibility on food poverty | Left Foot Forward

The government must take responsibility on food poverty | Left Foot Forward | Poverty assignment by_gabriel | Scoop.it
The government should provide a non-profit, partially subsidised alternative alongside supermarkets.

Via britishroses
Gabriel Chia's insight:

After reading this article, I strongly agree that the government must take responsibility on food poverty. It is true that family, health and food are the reasons why poverty exist. Though some governments refuse to act to food poverty, there are still ways to go about solving food poverty. Still, the government should open supermarkets that offer cheap products, or maybe providing cheap medication and healthcare to both young and old. What is really frightening is what if the government of some countries refuse to provide  basic needs to their citizens, and their population starts to fall? What can they do if that happens? In conclusion, the healthcare and finace of their people are equally important to managing the country's affairs such as collaborating with other countries to make a change.

Shiya Watanabe's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:36 AM

Yet again, another article about food poverty, I am both appalled and upset about how food poverty is becoming such a big problem nowadays. I completely agree with what has been said in this article, about how food poverty is becoming increasingly common yet the government refuses to act. Food poverty has become such a major problem in the UK to the extent that a Yorkshire school started collecting food for a food bank after discovering that a pupil hasn’t eaten for an entire weekend. Doesn’t this statement alone already tell you the gravity of this problem? The government should do anything they can to the best of teir ability to help those suffering and struggling in both the UK and developing countires. This articls as allowed me to look at poverty from a wider perspective and look at things from a different view. This is a global challenge that I wish we could overcome together.

Tan Jia Qi's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:58 AM

Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger.  And it is started by United States in 1967 and spread over the world.  In this article, they said, "Food bank are humiliating and degrading." They say that because the most the people thinks that it is embarrassing to go to food bank to collect the food as the people who are around them will look down on them. And in this article, they said that the government refuse to act, instead resorting to insulting and poor vulnerable for the situation they find themselves in. Actually, I was shocked that the government did not take care of this matter and let this matter goes on, it makes me think that the government treat this matter as a small matter. Why does people who are poor thinks/concern so much about other people the way of looking when they need help, is it rather to starve and wait to die than taking food from the food bank?

Kelvin Sein's comment, January 27, 2014 11:34 PM
After reading this article and the comment itself, I have derived to a conclusion and I feel that what Chun Kiat’s stating is also valid however I feel that it is still important that the companies and organizations gain profit but it is just as important for the poor to get their food and surpluses. Therefore I have conceived a hypothetical plan that might actually resolve the conflicts and issues concerning on poverty and food issue. Hence I suggest that all retail stores and shops should actually save their old surplus that’s nearing to their expiry date and instead of throwing it away, they should pass it on to the poor and let them eat it before it is spoiled. Thus in the case that the plan is implemented, both parties will benefit since food is no longer wasted and companies can still make money and the poor can still have their daily meals. Such companies who adopt this ideology will be Subway. They would have a specific day in which they would give back to the community by free subs for the poor and homeless.
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The holiday gap: Students on free or reduced meal plans
| Nooga.com

The holiday gap: Students on free or reduced meal plans<br/> | Nooga.com | Poverty assignment by_gabriel | Scoop.it
The holiday gap: Students on free or reduced meal plans

Via Kay Lehmann
Gabriel Chia's insight:

After reading this article, I really feel that getting food is not easy. Even though the students get food during school periods, it is different for them during the holidays. It makes me wonder that if a school works with civic groups and churches, does it mean that the school isn't able to feed all the children. This article had me worrying that if one day students have no food, what would the future be like? Starving kids during breakfast, empty pockets or lunchboxes during lunch? Though help is offered to families in need, not all are blessed with money to get food. The problem here is that some are also not able to get fresh food, this can cause both young and old the same problem of having the lack of nutrients. This problems can be solved by food rationing, adding farms and markets and also government support. 

Kay Lehmann's curator insight, December 29, 2013 10:38 AM

This is a real problem for a lot of children in poverty!

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Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food | Poverty assignment by_gabriel | Scoop.it
Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia at the end of the month—right before paychecks and benefits come out.

Via David Simpson
Gabriel Chia's insight:

This article really reflects on how I see low-income people, it tells us how people try to cut down expenditure by taking lesser food.Researchers found out that more low-income people are most likely to get hospitalised for hypoglycemia. We can see here that money is important, even if these people cut down on the food they take, the money they will spend on hospital bills will be much more crititcal than food costs. As suggested, this can be helped by paying out welfare, food stamps, and Social Security twice a month. There is a need to look out for these types of people. Having to suffer because of hunger is no laughing matter and that death can be an answer. Though money is a problem, food prices are increasing. As the economy woserns, the more trouble there is for low-income people. Ways to solve this is to increase the number of jobs, getting support from charity associations or even hosting food drives to help needy familes.

Zhiyang Liang's comment, January 29, 2014 10:06 AM
In my perspective, not only just the lack of food and the high medical treatment fee may cause the poor sick, but also the obstinacy of poor people. When they initially infect some small disease like flu, cough and fever. The first thought come out of their mind is that those diseases would flee away after a few days and there is no need to see the doctor and eat drugs. No one says that they should think in that way but our society forces them to think and they have no choice, they do not have enough money. Consequently, the evolution of those small disease leads to many great problems. So what can we do to help them is just to donate money and create health welfare to decrease their costs to some extent.
May's comment, January 30, 2014 7:32 AM
I agree with Evelyn that the poor have no enough money for food let alone medical bills. They are barely making both ends meet so where would they get the extra money for medical bills? They cant afford to have leftover money or savings for the month or anything like these. So they wont go check up for their health when they think they are just fine. Only later then they will know they have hypoglycemia. We should lend a helping hand by donating money, food and clothes for the poor instead donating only when they have developed hypoglycemia.
Jasmine Choo's comment, February 3, 2014 1:52 AM
I agree with Bunaiya. Instead of helping these people suffering from the disease in later stages, donors/the society should have helped them in the earlier stages or while they are still not suffering from any disease. Educating the people from young will lead to a better future for all.