It’s not secret that the fight for hunger is not limited to any one race, ethnicity or gender; nor is it the problem of only on person, or organization. The fight against hunger is a battle that every city, state and country faces at some point and it is up to us to help win the fight against hunger. I mean, you don’t have to be Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt to cure world hunger, but every little bit helps no matter who you are; and you can start right in your own community.

One wouldn’t think that behind the Las Vegas lifestyle of glitz, glamour, and home to some of America’s finest restaurants, that glamorous city is also home to some of America’s hungriest men, women, and children. The battle of hunger and food insecure household has always been a challenge society has faced since I can remember, but as of recent economic strains the problem in more prominent now than ever before.

According to a 2011 article by Hubble Smith 11.9 percent of Nevadan’s household incomes have dropped because of the recession, and now because of the crisis Nevada was the nations second highest increase in poverty rate, and the current highest unemployment rate, which was 13.4 percent in 2011. The state has lost about 100,000 jobs during the recession, including 4,400 in Las Vegas alone according to a 2011. In another article from the RJ revealed that again, because of the recession, Nevada’s total unemployment dropped 0.3 percent to 1.14 million people being unemployed last August.

It is obvious that times are extremely tough for everyone everywhere, but we can help win this battle against hunger if everyone just did a little something to help. We can do that by helping our neighbors in our Las Vegas community. There are numerous organizations and foundations that one could contribute to and help someone in need. Such as monetary contributions, food denotations, and even volunteer services. You could even partake in community outreach and organize a can food drive, or raise money by hosting a car wash just to name a few ideas. If you are a student, many of the clubs on campus often partake in community outreach and frequently work with a specify organization or foundation to help those in need. Being an active member in your community is not only rewarding for those who you are helping but is also extremely rewarding and fulfilling to yourself. Knowing that you helped someone and even possibly saved someone’s life is an indescribable feeling.

If you are still skeptical about the idea, I leave you with this question: If the United States is supposed to be considered the “land of plenty,” how is it that more that 17 million households do not have consistent access for food? (300,000 who live in Nevada.)