The prob­lem of hunger per­sists in all cor­ners

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION - Es­ther Cepeda’s email ad­dress is es­ther­j­cepeda@wash­post. com. Fol­low her on Twit­ter, @ es­ther­j­cepeda. Es­ther J. Cepeda Colum­nist

Thanks­giv­ing is upon us again and Feed­ing Amer­ica, the na­tion’s largest do­mes­tic hunger-relief or­ga­ni­za­tion, es­ti­mates that one in seven peo­ple in our na­tion uti­lizes its net­work of food banks.

This num­ber ap­plies even in one of the rich­est places in the world — Sil­i­con Val­ley — where the tech ex­plo­sion has fu­eled sky­rock­et­ing rent and mort­gage costs that have cast many long­time res­i­dents into near or ac­tual home­less­ness.

Kiesow told me that, counter to the stereo­types about who goes hun­gry in Amer­ica, in the heart of Sil­i­con Val­ley, home­less­ness and hunger are not ex­clu­sively linked to un­em­ploy­ment:

For the sec­ond year in a row, Ci­tyteam is part­ner­ing with the San Jose Earth­quakes soc­cer team to host a Thanks­giv­ing food give­away at Avaya Sta­dium, a venue big enough for stag­ing truck­loads of food that will even­tu­ally be­come food boxes filled with fresh pro­duce, canned goods and a choice of turkey or chicken. It’s also big enough to host the huge crowds that are ex­pected to show on the Tues­day be­fore Thanks­giv­ing for the com­pli­men­tary food boxes.

Ci­tyteam was serv­ing be­tween 1,300 and 1,400 peo­ple at its own fa­cil­ity but lo­gis­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties led it to part­ner with the Earth­quakes. In 2015, the two or­ga­ni­za­tions dou­bled the num­ber of fam­i­lies served to 3,000 and are ex­pect­ing up to 5,000 this year.

Kiesow said that it’s im­por­tant to il­lus­trate what’s go­ing on in Sil­i­con Val­ley be­cause it isn’t a clearly de­lin­eated tale of haves and have-nots.

Not enough of us con­sider such ques­tions, but the in­tractabil­ity of the march of tech­no­log­i­cal progress needn’t im­pede us from help­ing those who haven’t been en­riched by it.

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