Fifty million Americans—including one out of every four kids—don't know where their next meal is coming from. That's equivalent to every man, woman and child in the 25 smallest states plus the District of Columbia struggling with hunger on a daily basis.
In one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, people are more likely to get riled up over the discovery that "footlong" Subway sandwiches actually measure 11 inches than by the fact that we have an unseen hunger crisis.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Hunger poses complex social, educational, and health issues for our nation. But these problems could be solved once and for all if we decided—as we have in the past—to tackle hunger head on.
We think it's an issue that's time has come.
For the next month, in association with the release of the powerful new documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, TakePart is shining a light on our hunger crisis to show that just because you're not hungry, doesn't mean you're not affected by hunger in America.
We'll take a look at exactly how much money is coming out of every taxpayer's pocket to deal with hunger, and how our nation's safety net is being eroded by lawmakers' budget fights in Washington.
But we'll also see how innovators are helping erase America's food deserts through good old-fashioned farming, and hear from organizations and individuals on the frontlines of finding creative new solutions to the hunger puzzle.
So what can you do?
You can start by getting informed. Watch the trailer for A Place at the Table—which we've embedded above—and pledge to see the film when it is released in theaters, on iTunes, and On Demand on March 1. Check back throughout the month of March for more stories about America's hunger crisis. And join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to take your place in the fight against hunger.