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The Healthy Food Pantry
Why a Healthy Food Pantry?
Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition -- 850 million individuals go to bed every night with empty stomachs (Associated Press).  On average, most food pantries distribute food items for two days to provide three to five meals a day per household member.  In fact, numerous programs and agencies offer food assistance to individuals who have trouble making ends meet (Andrews, 2010).  However, of the foods allocated by food pantries and the like seldom do these items offer any real nutritional value.  Just because food is being distributed doesn't mean hunger issues have been  addressed and satisfied or that families are exempt from becoming malnourished.  Malnutrition is not the same thing as hunger --although they often go together.  "People who are chronically malnourished lack nutrients needed for proper health and development and the lack of key nutrients are major causes which lead to malnutrition," says an anonymous source.  Someone who doesn't get enough of one specific nutrient has a nutritional deficiency -- a form of malnutrition (The World Health Organization).  Individuals with malnutrition lack the nutrients necessary for their bodies to grow and stay healthy.  In short, someone can be malnourished for a long or short period of time, the condition may be mild or severe -- sadly in severe cases, they might even die (Nemours). 
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