Fresh Take: Hunger On The Rise In America

Food & Drink

Have you pre-ordered your turkey? Or the giant mushroom caps, cauliflower head, bone-in glazed ham, or whatever else you are serving as the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal? Now is the time—especially if you are trying to source meat that’s more ethically and sustainably raised.

It’s also a good time to think deeper about getting involved with your community. The Agriculture Department released its annual report on food insecurity in America this week, and the results are devastating. Hunger is getting worse: Some 17 million households reported being food insecure in 2022. That’s 12.8% of American homes, up from rates in 2021 and 2020 that hovered just over 10%. Another statistic to take a moment to reflect on: One third of households with children headed by a single mother experienced hunger.

This holiday season, donate a turkey to a local drive or take on a whole meal for a family. Volunteer at a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. Start a community farm share where some of the bounty is donated. These are all small starts, but together, community by community, there’s hope that hunger can recede.

— Chloe Sorvino, Staff Writer

Order my book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, out now from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books.

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Field Notes

This week’s event at Boulder Book Store for my book Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat was everything I’d hoped it would be. There were so many audience questions, I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. I celebrated with a smothered ground bison burrito that made me wonder why Colo-Mex isn’t a household name alongside Tex-Mex.

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Chloe Sorvino leads coverage of food and agriculture as a staff writer on the enterprise team at Forbes. Her book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, published on December 6, 2022, with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her nearly nine years of reporting at Forbes has brought her to In-N-Out Burger’s secret test kitchen, drought-ridden farms in California’s Central Valley, burnt-out national forests logged by a timber billionaire, a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.

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