Food & Solidarity: Leveling Up the Fight Against Hunger
Article in Medium, August 2018
Acute hunger is an unfortunate though unavoidable occurrence (through cases of extreme poverty and other disasters necessitating temporary emergency relief), chronic hunger is a pernicious symptom of inequitable and inadequate food distribution and access. Too often in the fight against hunger, responses to chronic situations are indistinguishable from responses to acute situations, yet they’re not identical challenges so the outcomes are predictably far from identical. While acute hunger can be relieved through access to emergency food, fighting chronic hunger necessitates systemic (political, economic, and cultural) change if we embrace that core belief that everyone has a right to food coupled with a core understanding that hunger isn’t a symptom of food scarcity but rather affordability.