wouldn't you love it if . . .

there were no more hunger problems?

Me too. With 1 in 6 Americans fighting hunger, many of them children and seniors, the problem is massive. I was there as a child. I know how it feels to try to sleep with an empty belly and no idea where you’ll get a next meal. So, as an adult I’ve been a food bank volunteer, founder, builder, donation solicitor for many years now. I work in my own little corner of the world on a daily basis and pretty much don’t worry about the rest of the planet. I can’t let myself get overwhelmed at the problem, so I keep my focus very limited. Generally.

Today, I got an ad for “Global Hunger Shabbat” in my email. It seems that American Jewish World Service is sponsoring both this Friday evening-Saturday sunset observance and “18 Days of Action” which lead up to Thanksgiving.

America’s Second Harvest is doing a similar build up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. They also offer an interesting challenge: Live one day on a food stamp (SNAP) budget and then blog about your experience. Pretty cool way to get involved.

Share Our Strength is an organization of food service professionals that work together to fight hunger with special events and education. They are running a Taste Of program, where people get to pay a fee and eat food prepared by some of the top chefs in their area. The money goes to feed hungry children. 

Anyhow, the point is, with each of us doing one thing, getting educated, taking a challenge, contributing food when the library (usually $1 an item in overdue fine reduction) or the postal carriers (coming to your mailbox soon!) start collecting, buying a little extra and leaving it in the food bank containers at the grocery, talking about hunger to our kids, and anything else you can think of . . . we CAN win this. We are the richest nation in the world. We have great organizations and individuals going at the problem in many ways. It will happen. Let’s make it happen soon!

Rock on!


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