Comcast Interview with Dr. Chilton - Why Doesn’t Everyone in America Have a ‘Place at the Table?’
May 9, 2013
May 9, 2013
Dr. Mariana Chilton was recently interviewed by Comcast for their Lifestyle Blog. In the interview, Dr. Chilton discussed the work of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, hunger in America, and her views on the documentary A Place at the Table.
Below is an excerpt from the interview:
What are the biggest misconceptions about hunger in America?
Well, the first one is that hunger doesn’t exist in America. Hunger is rampant in this country. It just doesn’t look like people think it’s supposed to look, you know with kids with flies in their eyes, etc. Number two; that people are not working. You have millions of working hungry in this country. Number three; it’s a misconception that the poor and hungry are only black and Latino. There are more white children experiencing hunger. But if you look at it in terms of which populations are suffering the most, yes, you have families that are African-American, Latino and American Indian who are suffering food insecurity and hunger three times the rate of white people. That’s unacceptable.
I think the other misconception is that you can’t do anything to solve it. We can solve this issue and we pretty much eradicated food insecurity and hunger back in the 70s as they showed in the film through the SNAP program and through public benefits and labor laws that were helping to keep people earning a living wage. That has completely been thrown out the window. I think there is this misconception that people who earn minimum wage are teenagers. The majority of people who are earning minimum wage are mothers.