Athletes & Addressing Food Insecurity
This winter, Athletes for Hope has been tackling the disparities of food insecurity across our AFH University campuses through service projects and advocacy. Our athletes believe that nobody should have to choose between paying a bill or nourishing their bodies.
Food insecurity affects people from every walk of life, including athletes and those in the community right around us – whether you see it or not.
Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a family or can last a long time.
Who does it affect?
Hunger occurs for people from all walks of life – including athletes – but doesn’t affect everyone equally. Groups like children, seniors and black, indigenous, and other people of color face hunger at higher rates. Hunger also affects those living in poverty.
60% of collegiate athletes experience food insecurity in the United States.
How can athletes help?
There are many different ways athletes can use their platforms to combat food insecurity! Education is always at the start so be sure to familiarize yourself with the topic and learn how it affects the communities closest to you. Here are a few ways to get started:
- Volunteer at your local food pantry: Foodpantries.org
- Educate & Advocate : Feedingamerica.org
- Donate to a national or local organization
- Share the infographics below on your social media as a way to raise awareness for food insecurity this winter.