I recently got my mailing from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (http://www.centralpafoodbank.org/) informing me that September is Hunger Action Month. This is a nationwide movement to increase awareness of hunger throughout our country (and, let’s face it, the world), and to inspire people to take action to help solve this problem. I tend to think of hunger as one leg of a three-legged stool of need. The other two are housing and education. These are my starting points in community and world activism. There are a number of ways we can help: advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering at soup kitchens or food banks. We can each find a way to help. The food bank is also asking people to wear orange this month. It is the official color of Hunger Action Month. I don’t have a lot of orange in my wardrobe, so I think I will wear an orange ribbon. Hopefully people will ask me what it is for, so this will be a good conversation starter.
Looking at the problem from a global perspective, according to Feed the Children (http://www.feedthechildren.org/), 1 in 3 children in the African country of Uganda suffers from chronic malnutrition or stunting. Feed the Children is working to make a difference by providing food to malnourished children, training their mothers how to fight and prevent malnutrition, monitoring the growth of the very young, and connecting malnourished children to rehabilitation. Feed the Children also goes to work in the US. They will have meal-packing events in many locations all over the country, just go to feedingchildreneverywhere.org to find a location near you.
Williams Sonoma is once again selling their celebrity-designed silicone spatulas to benefit No Kid Hungry. So far they have already raised 8 million dollars. They have sold 50,000+ spatulas, helping to fund 1.5 million meals for our children. 13 million kids in the U.S., which equates 1 in 6, struggle with hunger. Williams Sonoma is offering 15 different styles of spatulas this year. They retail for $14.95 and 30% of the retail price goes to No Kid Hungry. https://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cooks-tools/tools-no-kid-hungry/
The Food Network and Cooking Channel are hosting their annual NYC Wine and Food Festival from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13. 100% of the net proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank for New York City. There are various demonstrations and tastings available, and you simply purchase tickets for the events you are interested in. Each year they raise nearly $1 million. You can get more information at: https://nycwff.org/.
Hunger is a pervasive problem, and yet it is so easy to overcome. Check with local soup kitchens, food banks, churches or even schools to see what foodstuffs are needed. A local church put up a blessing box for people to deposit food. When others are having a hard time making ends meet, the help is there for all who need it. I’ve heard it said that a can of soup is the ideal donation. Soup can be used for an entire meal, couple it with rice, and it is twice as hearty. When you donate, you are not just plopping a random can into a random depository, you are reaching out in true friendship to give someone hope.
I wish you hope.
“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy