Aug. 13, 2013
Arizona ranks among the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to families’ ability to put food on the table, according to the most recent “Hunger in America Report.”
The report also found that close to 41 percent of Arizona residents receiving help from local food banks were forced to choose between buying food and paying rent, and 27 percent had to choose between food and medical care.
PHX 11 explores the growing problem and what the city is doing to make a difference in “Hunger at Home,” an “Everything Phoenix” special that premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The program examines how hunger affects the city’s most vulnerable residents – the homeless, working poor, children and seniors.
Several homeless individuals shared their daily struggle to eat, underscoring the importance of the city’s Watkins Homeless Shelter, Salvation Army’s Project Hope and other food programs for the homeless.
PHX 11 also interviewed the staff of the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center, which reported a dramatic spike in families requesting food assistance.
When it comes to food insecurity, seniors and children face the biggest challenge, the show points out. Many of them depend on meals provided by the city’s Senior Services and Head Start, but unfortunately, those meals may be their only daily food source.
“Hunger at Home” can be seen on Cox Cable Channel 11 and on demand at phoenix.gov/11.
PHX 11 is the city’s primary source for video news and information. For more information or replay times, visit phoenix.gov/11.
Joyce Valdez 602-262-6213