Those who have not experienced hunger cannot fully understand the devastating impact that it has. Fortunately, this includes me. I have never gone to bed hungry, even though I was only one generation from abject poverty.
Like most Americans I have lived an insulated life and experienced many of the privileges tied to the time and place of my birth. Extreme poverty is mostly related to the family that we are born into. If you have been born in poverty it is very difficult to break out.
Unfortunately, my reality it not everyone's. There are many that lack basic needs for survival through no fault of their own. Those who live lives of privilege are reluctant to see the need, because it demands that we accept responsibility.