Thanks to television, most Americans of a certain age grew up thinking hunger happened far away, over there somewhere. And it looked like rail-thin children with bloated bellies and flies on their faces, lying under some scorching foreign sun waiting for a social worker to place a scoop of nutritional mush into their dry mouths.

Those images from global anti-hunger groups are real, of course, and heartbreaking. But hunger doesn’t always look like that.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227;


Deputy Managing Editor

Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Charles Douglas

Outstanding Op-ed Ms. Gardner, and one that is worth a lot! You described me to a tee in some of your descriptions of what child hunger looks like back in our school days here in America, and even now! I believe children and their families are more aware of the help programs available to them today than they were when I was coming through. Thank you for this reminder to become more involved than I am now, because I have been there! [thumbup][thumbup]

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