Meet Professor Poverty, leader of the League of H.U.N.G.E.R. – Hindering Upstanding Neighbors’ Giving Efforts and Resources – Villains.
Professor Poverty battles Captain HQB.
Professor Poverty and his minions spend their days dreaming of ways to increase poverty and strife. They despise Hallie’s Heroes, the do-gooders from Hallie Q. Brown Community Center encouraging citizens to “Be the Hero – Fight Hunger.” Professor Poverty hates sunshine, kittens and hugs. His goal in life is to increase food insecurity and unhealthy eating…and to defeat Hallie’s Heroes.
Professor Poverty has even created his own food pyramid – a tool he is using to infiltrate schools and communities with poor nutrition.
“With the introduction of the USDA plate (www.choosemyplate.gov), people ask the Professor how can he keep up with the times and compare to the modern choices. The answer is simple…VOLUME! The USDA has traded the Food Pyramid for the Plate, but the NEWtrition Pyramid Scheme is MADE of plates! Lots and lots of Poverty Plates chocked full of tasty goodness!”
What are people saying about H.U.N.G.E.R?
“Success is having your enemies talk about you…ALL THE TIME!”
“Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don’t have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition – the kind most common among poor people in America – can do it.”
– Carl Sagan, Cornell University
“Others have questioned if hunger exists in our country; I can tell you that hunger does exist in this country. For many adults and children, going to sleep hungry is not a threat; it’s a regular occurrence. And it must end.”
-Former USDA Secretary Mike Espy
“As we talk about those who are starving in countries abroad, we have indeed all of the elements of a third world nation within our own borders.”
-Rep. Floyd Flake
“Investment in the eradication of hunger today is a good business decision. If we fail to make this investment, it is doubtful that we can sustain healthy economic growth. Without this investment, our nation may disintegrate into a country sharply divided between those who have enough to eat and those who do not.”
-Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chair & CEO of Hasbro, Inc.
“The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery almost without noticing them.”
“America is the richest country in the world. And yet tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child’s schoolmate who is under-nourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach. Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet. Perhaps it’s an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries. The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America.”
-David Nasby, General Mills
“Growing numbers of corporate executives are aware of the inextricable link between the well being of our families and the well-being of our nation. Nowhere is this link manifest so strongly as with the problem of hunger.”
-Arnold Hiatt, Chair of the Stride Rite Foundation
“When you are hungry, you can’t think about anything else.”
-Juana “Janie” Mendez, 17