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How Does Hunger Impact The Brain?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Hunger can have huge developmental impacts on children’s brains.

We all know how much hunger can ruin our day. Around lunchtime, our stomachs tend to grumble and we need to start snacking. By letting ourselves get hungry, we start to get sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Even the short-term effects of hunger are detrimental, so it’s important that we look at the long-term impacts that improper nutrition can have on a person. Today, we’re taking a look at how hunger can have huge impacts on the brain.


Taking a Look at Tech Innovations That Are Tackling World Hunger

Monday, June 12th, 2017

World hunger has long been a difficult task to tackle but there are some tech experts out there helping solve the problem.

World hunger has always been a difficult subject to tackle–some falsely believe that hunger only impacts those overseas, when the reality is that we still have very serious problems with hunger facing cities across America. Mobilizing to take on world hunger has proven to be an incredibly difficult task, but there are those out there seeking to make it easier and more streamlined. These big tech innovations are helping us combat world hunger and keep people fed.


Facts About Hunger: It Literally Shrinks Your Heart

Friday, March 4th, 2016

paper with the text I am hungry

Hunger can shrink your heart and negatively effect your brain and vital organs.

We are all familiar with the concept of hunger. We miss breakfast, maybe lunch, don’t have time to grab a snack, whatever the case – we feel hunger pangs in our body and are plagued by a lack of concentration and mental stability. In reality, those SNICKERS® ads that market, “You’re not you when you’re hungry,” really aren’t wrong. People in the homeless community or those lacking the ability to provide the proper nutrients to themselves or their families experience hunger in a more intense way that most of us have never known. My Brother’s Keeper is here with some facts about hunger. (more…)

Food Insecurity and America: What you Should Know

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Food-InsecurityRecently, the United States Department of Agriculture released their latest findings and numbers surrounding food insecurity in America. These numbers show us just how food insecurity is impacting our nation. Here are some of the major points made from the “Household Food Security in the United States in 1014.”


Hunger and Senior Citizens: The Facts

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Senior-Citizens-HungerFor years, hunger across the nation has been a serious problem. While the problem as a whole is always being combated, we tend to place our focus on the youth of the nation. However, as we continue to fight hunger in our nation, it is important to not forget the senior citizen population that suffers from hunger.
The senior citizen population of the nation is expected to increase within the next decade, with an estimated 79.7 million seniors living in the nation by 2040. As the population continues to increase, the diversity among the age group is increasing as well. Because of this, the statistics surrounding senior citizens and hunger continues to change, and not necessarily for the better. In order help our senior citizen population in the fight against hunger, we must first have a better understanding of what they are facing.


Hunger and Learning

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Hunger and Learning Do you know how many people go hungry every day within our nation? Do you know how many of those individuals are children?

Currently, about 13 million children within the nation are either experiencing hunger currently or are at risk for experiencing hunger soon. Even more upsetting is that a portion of those children are right within the state of Maryland. While some may think that hunger is only when your stomach is growling or you begin to crave a specific food item, they fail to realize what a serious problem hunger can be, especially in children.


Hunger Myths of America

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

For those of us who work directly with those affected by hunger, to hear that hunger is a national problem never comes a shock or surprise. However, for those in the nation not affected by hunger, hearing that hunger is a problem in America is unheard of. Did you know that one in seven Americans turn to the Feeding America network for food assistance? Feeding America, through its network of 200 food banks and 58,000 feeding programs, provides food assistance. 46.5 million in the U.S. go hungry, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

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Hunger and your Brain

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Hunger and Brain

When it comes to dealing with hunger, many people believe that there is no real problem. Hunger is just a feeling we get when we skip breakfast or lunch, but there is never a real threat. Those people would be wrong. Hunger is a local and national problem, with devastating consequences if left unaddressed. Here are some ways that hunger can affect your brain:


How does Hunger Affect Learning?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Hunger and LearningAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture, hunger is “a physiological state of discomfort resulting from a chronic shortage of food intake. While it is no surprise that hunger is a major problem in this country, some of the facts surrounding hunger could still shock you. Currently, over 40% of the nation’s population is living below the poverty line, with about 546,000 of those residing in the state of Maryland. What is even scarier about these numbers is that about 13 million of the nation’s children are currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing hunger. While some may not think that hunger can affect learning, children are left vulnerable to several disadvantages when they suffer from hunger.


Be a Voice Hunger Action Symposium

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Hunger SymposiumIn the middle of September, the Martin’s West in Baltimore was home to the 2014 Be a Voice Hunger Action Symposium. Leaders, partners, and advocates from all around the world gathered in Baltimore to discuss the ever growing problem of hunger in the state of Maryland. The event was sponsored by the Maryland Food Bank. There were polls, discussions, and awards distributed throughout the event to help raise more awareness of the hunger problem in Maryland. The main discussion areas included:

  1. Hunger with health intersection
  2. Hunger with employment intersection
  3. Hunger with education intersection

Here are some shocking statistics that were highlighted during the symposium:

  1. Of the members in attendance of the symposium, 41% said they know a neighbor or member of their community who is affected by hunger.
  2. Of that same group of members, 37% said they have a family member affected by hunger.
  3. According to the MFB, 1 in 7 people experience hunger in the Maryland area. That translates to 1 of 5 children.
  4. 38% of those faced with food insecurities earn too much for them to qualify for assistance with food.


There were a number of awards acknowledged during the symposium, one of which being the Ruby Rogers Award. This award is funded by the daughters of the late Ruby Rogers, who was one of the founding members of the Maryland Food Committee. We are pleased to say that our very own Executive Director Ms. Danise Jones-Dorsey was awarded this prestigious award during the symposium. Without the dedication and passion of Ms. Dorsey, My Brother’s Keeper wouldn’t be what it is today.

My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our meal programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.

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