September is Hunger Action Month and I am writing because I want to talk about how food waste impacts hunger and food access.

It is not acceptable that we live in a country with so many resources and yet so many of our elderly and children are going to bed hungry. There is so much food produced that goes to waste and never makes it into the hands of those who need it the most.

I grew up not wasting anything because we knew that was all we had to eat and wasting it wasn’t an option. I learned from an early age how to stretch my resources and use all my leftovers, and my mother encouraged this.

I hope our community can keep supporting organizations that are working to provide nutrition education and gardening classes that enable people to best use the resources they have access to, like WHEAT Community Connections and Growing Places.

I also call on our state and federal governments to make sure that our regulations on food donations and date labeling support the most food possible making it into people’s hands.

Violet Kane

Lancaster