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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 

When our friends, families, or neighbors struggle to recover from Great Recession we work to ensure people can make it through tough financial times. The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) is the country’s largest food assistance program. Last year SNAP prevented nearly 46 million Americans from starvation during a time of crisis.

SNAP in Arizona is called Nutrition Assistance (NA).Nearly 1 million Arizonans, over half of which are children, elderly, or people with disabilities, are able to put food on the table at the end of the day due to SNAP.

Almost 77 percent of all SNAP participants are in families with children.
More that 25 percent of all SNAP participants are in families with elderly or disabled members.
Almost 55 percent of all SNAP participants are in working families.

Check out the latest #ImagineaSolution video and learn more about SNAP and the positive impact it has on children and families.


 

The simple fact is: you can’t concentrate on your work if all you can think about his your empty stomach. And, you can’t keep that stomach full if you’re not making a living wage.

The latest #ImagineaSolution video describes hunger’s impact on the economy. One of the main reasons people are hungry is a lack of financial resources. Nearly 1 in 4 Arizonans are considered working-poor.

Benito Almanza serves as Bank of America Market president in Arizona, who is featured in the video, says “when you have individuals who are financially stable, you have people consistently coming to work, engaged in the workforce” who contribute to an organization.

To learn more about how hunger impacts the economy check out the video. Together, we can #ImagineaSolution.


 

The start of a New Year for many people means New Year’s resolutions – eating healthier, getting fit, and improving overall health.

So how does hunger fit in all of this? What if a family wanted to eat healthier but could not afford it?

1 in 5 Arizonans struggle to put food on the table and face difficult decisions about their children’s health and their own well-being. Buy food or fill a prescription? Hunger and poor nutrition can have lasting negative consequences on health. A hungry person is prone to sickness from a weakened immune system. A hungry child can face slow growth and development. Poor nutrition impacts oral health too.

Check out the latest #ImagineaSolution video, Hunger and Health to learn more about how hunger impacts health and nutrition. Share your solution using the #ImagineaSolution hashtag.


 

Hunger is an unfair culprit that impacts education and a child’s ability to learn. The simple truth is: hungry kids struggle to learn because they are focused on their empty stomachs and not their schoolwork.


 

1 in 5 Arizonans and 1 in 4 children throughout Arizona face hunger. Even though the economy is improving, the lines are growing at food banks and families are still faced with difficult choices about whether to fill a prescription or buy groceries, put gas in the car or eat.

Why are so many Arizonans struggling to feed their families and pay the bills? Ending hunger will require all of us to think bigger and #ImagineaSolution to its many causes and problems.

We can solve hunger in Arizona. What is your solution for a hunger-free Arizona?

Arizona Community Action Association (AZCAA) and the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) recognize that too many of our friends, neighbors, and families are hungry. This is unacceptable.

Hunger is a complex issue that goes beyond an empty stomach. Hunger affects all aspects of a person’s life including  health, a child’s ability to learn, and our ability to do our jobs. These effects are also felt throughout our healthcare system, our schools, and our local economy. Hunger affects us all in some way.

In partnership with AAFB we are raising awareness and jump-starting a conversation about the far reaching effects of hunger on families and communities.

Over the next few months we will release a series of videos that discuss the overarching implications of being hungry. By bringing people together from all walks of life to talk about hunger and its effects, we can find a solution.

We encourage you to follow the stories and join the conversation to help us create a hunger-free Arizona! Together we can #ImagineaSolution.

How can I support #ImagineaSolution?

Quick Facts

Who is hungry and food insecure in Arizona?

1 in 5 Arizonans

1 in 4 children

1 in 7 seniors

75% of adults don’t eat the recommended servings of daily fruits and vegetables

1 in 4 Arizonans are considered working poor

1,161,390 Arizonans are food insecure

More hunger facts can be found here.

William E. Morris Institute for Justice – HB 2596 Memo