Vicki Escarra, the president and CEO of Feeding America, calls hunger America's "dirty little secret." Mara Schiavocampo from NBC Nightly News discovered America's hunger problems first-hand as she visited a struggling family in Branford, Connecticut.
Though the mother of this family says her three kids always used to have three meals a day, they skip breakfast most days and she eats at a soup kitchen since being laid off from her job in purchasing.
Food pantries across America have seen demand rise as times have gotten tougher, and Schiavocampo interviewed several other diners who said things have never been so bad for them. Meanwhile, studies estimate that 40% of all the food produced in America ends up in the garbage.