I heard today that ~17% of people in this country don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s 1 in 6 people! 49,000,000 people; and 17,000,000 of those are children. ( http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20091117_Hungry_millions__USDA_documents_leap.html)
And those are 2008 statistics. Since then, there are more unemployed people, more foreclosures. I have heard some politicians say that if people are hungry, it’s their own fault. I have heard others say that hunger isn’t a problem. Those comments make me angry, because the people making those statements obviously aren’t paying attention to what is going on in this country. It’s a disgrace that anyone in this country should go hungry. Local food banks are stretched to their limits.
But there is hope if all of us give what we can to our local food bank. To see what you can do to help, go to: http://feedingamerica.org/
If all of us donate just one can of food to the local food bank, do you know how big an impact that could have? In thanksgiving, I challenge you to give at least one can of food a week to your local food bank (more if you can). And don’t stop when the holiday season is over – hunger happens all year.