Food Insecurity in America

by: Stephanie Stinnett In 2016 1 out of 8 Americans were food insecure. That equals to about 42 million people, 13 million of those being children. Food insecurity also is not strictly for those Americans who are below the poverty line. It effects both sides of the poverty line. But what does it mean to be food insecure? What exactly is it? The U.S Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The USDA has broken food insecurity into two categories. Low food security and very low food security. Low food security is defined as reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication o

Soup Kitchens and Pantries: Not Just a Way to Volunteer During the Holidays

By: Allison Armijo Volunteering at soup kitchens and pantries during the holidays, while somewhat helpful, is not as necessary as one might think. Although volunteering itself is gracious and should be done regularly, many people choose only to volunteer on Thanksgiving or Christmas as ways to express their gratitude for what they have; a way to give back to the community. Now, nothing is wrong with that image. In fact, it is admirable that people choose to take time out of their day to help those less fortunate. However, like most anything in the world, there are trade-offs for volunteering around the holidays. Many large homeless shelter and volunteering organizations have put forth their

Mental Illness and the Chronically Homeless

By: Stephanie Stinnett When many people see someone, who is homeless they are very quick to judge. So many people view all homeless as drug addicts, or people who are lazy and want to live off the government. Sure, there are some that are homeless because of addiction and substance abuse, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be living in the streets. Many homeless also have various mental illnesses. Together we can work together to shatter the way people look at the homeless through spreading information. The majority of people living on the streets are there due to mental illness. In 2008 there was a survey done by mayors in 25 cities around the United States. 48% of the cities that were s

Importance of the Arts in Common Core Curriculum

By Allison Armijo Arts, in public and private school, has always fostered creativity among students. From photography to the performing arts, students are allowed to express themselves in multiple ways. Without the arts in the common core curriculum, students would be robbed of the ability to connect and make friends, but also convey their emotions through creative projects. Arts are an essential in everyday classes because they allow for students to have unique opinions on assignments and different outcomes. However, the beauty of the arts is, there is no right or wrong answer for assignments. For example, say an assignment given is to paint a flower. With this vague, yet specific prompt, s

Emotional Impact of Prejudice in the LGBTQ Community

From Australia to New York, the LGBTQ community is celebrated through laughter, group presence, and festivities from joyful colors to endearing messages. However, despite growing appreciation and acceptance, prejudice of the LGBTQ community is still prevalent in today’s society. The detriment caused by hateful words and actions leaves emotional scars that contradict the message of pride and therefore its presence in a community environment. From subtle comments to forceful protests, the face of discrimination in the LGBTQ community has many forms. Although not all are immediately recognizable, the scars left by such toxic remarks contribute to an unhealthy emotional state and can ultimately

The Golden Years Aren’t So Golden on the Streets

As with most elements of the homeless community there are no definitive numbers on the number of elderly who are homeless, though the National Coalition for the Homeless states that there is a definite population of elderly living on the streets. While this component of the homeless community faces the same struggles that the rest of the homeless community do, they also face struggles unique to their own population. A study conducted by the National Coalition for the Homeless found that conditions are so severe for those older individuals that a fifty-year-old will often possess physical traits, and physical ailments, typical of a seventy-year-old individual. The homeless community as a whol

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