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How Halloween Can Fight Hunger

How Halloween Can Fight Hunger

In another week or so, neighborhoods across America will be flooded with 41 million trick-or-treaters between ages 5 and 14, according to the US Census Bureau. Costumed children will joyously fill their bags with “Halloween gold.” Of course I’m talking about candy. And at the center of the Halloween excitement is about $6.86 billion worth of purchased decorations, costumes and candy according to a 2011 survey by the National Retail Federation. The same survey estimates that the average American family spends $72.31 on these items and according to MSN Money, about 7 of 10 families will participate.

Many kids will come home with literally pounds of candy, and many parents will donate some of it to less fortunate people so they can have a sweet Halloween experience. In doing so, most people may not be thinking about the fact that many, if not all, of the recipients might be at risk for tooth decay (a common cause of school absenteeism), obesity and food insecurity. It’s one of those times where trying to do something good isn’t a good idea, especially since 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure.

It’s important that we have fun holidays and Halloween is a great escape. But we may still be able to accomplish that by focusing some of our attention on creativity and community. I would like to suggest we rethink Halloween. Imagine what could happen if every American family currently spending $72.31 for Halloween spent, for example, 10 percent less on Halloween, and used the other 10 percent ($7.23) as a direct gift to Feeding America or their local food banks, or purchased cans of tuna, beans and other nutritious foods and gave those instead. We could make a $686 million dollar dent in food insecurity in the United States every year without costing anyone a single penny more – and turn the holiday into a Halloween for hunger.

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Dr. Mache Seibel

Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand (http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag). Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website DoctorSeibel.com to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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5:01PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks

11:03AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

good to know

1:55AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you

8:21AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

good articele

12:43PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

good articele

12:42PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

thanks

12:55AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Great article - thank YOU!

5:00AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:15PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

8:45AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

I really liked your article, except for the canned tuna part... if you want to know why, do some research about tuna industry and the whole sea food industry too.

Another suggestion would be to support local economies and local farmers when it's time to buy food and share it.

Have a wonderful Halloween everyone!

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