A Hunger Crisis In America Is Happening, And It’s Time We Spoke Up About It

Note: This #UpChat has concluded, but don't worry! You can check our recap of the discussion below and here.


I imagine that when some people see the words "hunger crisis" alongside "America," they probably snort, roll their eyes and try to think of some witty comment about how America is the richest country in the world and if anything they have too *much* food.

Nope, sorry, not buying that.

Poverty is a crippling force in America as it is elsewhere in the world, and it has led to a major food crisis in the country. Kids are going hungry, and millions of families cannot afford to eat. And it's only getting worse. Seriously, it's like some twisted version of "The Hunger Games" except slightly more, er, real.

OK, Upworthy, where are you going with this exactly?

The folk here at Upworthy ( hi there) are joining forces with TakePart (the ace people behind the documentary "A Place at the Table," which inspired this chat) to talk about America's hidden food crisis with an #UpChat on Twitter.

Sounds great! But what exactly is an #UpChat? What's the aim?

I am glad you asked, invisible person. An #UpChat is a discussion using Twitter where we talk about an important issue with other people online. This chat will be about America's hunger crisis and it will be with us, TakePart, and a number of participants. We want to bring together engaging ideas and thoughts about what action America can take and help shed light on this underreported issue.

OK, so what can I do now?

Well, the biggest, most crucial part of all this is to have people like YOU — hey, yep you — join us and make your voice heard. Here are the three steps:

1) Tune in on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m EST.

2) Follow us on Twitter: @Upworthy.

3) Come prepared with your brain and any thoughts about the issue you may have, and tweet them to us using the #UpChat hashtag!

4) Check out the awesome folks joining us for the #UpChat:

I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTILL THEN, UPWORTHY. I NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOWWWW.

In the meantime, my Internet friend, you can share this post with your friends and family who may find it of interest, and you can watch the "A Place at the Table" trailer to learn a little bit more about why we're kicking up a big ol' fuss over this.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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