I recently read an article in the newspaper that said 1 in 5 Americans do not have enough food. For those of you doing the math, that is 20% of our country. These statistics make me sick to my stomach and fill me with the need to do something to help. During these tough economic times, I find it difficult enough to tell my son, “no we can’t buy [whatever toy he is asking for] because we don’t have the money”. I can’t imagine telling my child “no, we cannot have dinner tonight because we have no money and no food”. This absolutely breaks my heart. As I watch so much consumerism going on around me (don’t get me wrong consumerism is important to an extent, as we would not have any economy without it), it strikes me as odd that people would get up at 5:00am or stay out shopping all night just to get the great deals, but how many of them would stay up all night cooking for people who are hungry or seeking out food deals to be able to buy food for those in need.
I know for the most part, people are good and most would help if they knew what to do. I understand that, because I myself am wondering what I can do to help. Of course, I have grandiose ideals of what I could do to end world hunger, if only I had unlimited funds and time. I am looking to you the reader’s of my blog for ideas of what we can do as a community to help other people. I do small things here and there, but that somehow does not seem to be enough when 20% of Americans are hungry. Buying a small bag of food will help someone, but on the grand scale is not enough. I want to do something great, and not just during the holiday season, but long-term.
I am open to all suggestions from others on ways to start a movement to help others.
I read another startling statistics. The poorest working Americans in our country contribute a greater percentage of their income to charity than the richest Americans. This is another statistic that makes me heart hurt. Once again, I don’t know if this is as much a matter of people not having good intentions, as much as a matter of not knowing what to do and how to help. Somehow we must work together to help people. No one should ever have to go to bed hungry. No child should feel stressed about holiday breaks, because the only food they get during the day comes from free lunch in the school cafeteria.
For the wonderful compassionate readers of this blog. Send me your ideas. Let’s pull our resources and ideas together and put food into the mouths of the hungry.
Let’s figure out ways to start community gardens, real community gardens, that people can feed their families from. Let’s figure out ways to start food carts that deliver food throughout town to people who are hungry, and those with money can contribute donations to keep the cart running. Let’s make a difference.
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