If I told you 13 million children in a country don’t have enough food, you’d be appalled, right? What if I told you that was happening in the USA? It’s true. One out of six children in our country don’t have enough to eat. Forty eight million children and adults, 15% of the US population, experience hunger and food scarcity.
That’s something to be #hangry about. Join me in fighting hunger this Hunger Action Month.
It’s so important to support Houston at this time with funds to trusted charities like Habitat for Humanity. If you’d like to understand how funds do more than donations of items, please check out this article.
I was in Las Vegas as Hurricane Harvey was making its landfall, devastating Corpus Christi and Houston and a host of other small beach towns that I had been to. I tear up when I see the footage still and think about the little seaside shacks outside Corpus selling goods that are there no more.
When I was a student at UT-Austin, Katrina battered New Orleans, and then weeks later, refugee college students from Louisiana were being welcomed into our classes. I remember the face of one young man in particular, in our geology class, who had been through a lot. During college, I worked at Texas’ largest grocery chain and suddenly we had new co-workers of all ages, all from New Orleans, trying to make the best of a bad set of circumstances.
Devastated areas need support long after the rain stops and the winds stop howling. Please keep that in mind as you give to relieve the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Vet charities well. I recommend Charity Navigator, and this article from Business Insider also helps. I personally gave to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi and intend to give more. People will need housing, jobs and most importantly, hope, to move forward. Texas and Texans are resilient and right now, many need hope more than anything.
I am reminded of the words of “Texas our Texas”
God bless, you Texas, and keep you brave and strong…
Los Angeles is a tremendous city, but in terms of animal welfare, it is still not a no-kill city. Animal euthenization did hit a three year low in 2015, according to city statistics, but LA still kills 14,000 animals a year in its shelters, which even city officials admit is too high. As the mother of two feral cats that I tamed off the mean streets of the City of Angels, I am very concerned about the welfare of our city’s animals, which is why I went to Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump Restaurant last night to pump up some cash for the amazing St. Martin’s Animal Rescue.
St. Martin’s is unique in its mission and focus. Check out their inspiring Mission Statement:
Our focus this year is to create an innovative, self-sustainable, solar powered haven in Southern California. This exciting new eco sanctuary and learning center will welcome families to enjoy free and enriching activities. This will expand the minds of our youth in a positive way and give them a sense of community and the importance of their involvement in our precious world.
I really like that. Animal welfare and our planetary, ecological welfare are deeply intertwined and it’s exciting to see St. Martin’s come up with innovative solutions to address both. I also like their emphasis on education. Our children are our future and Founder Sky Valencia’s commitment to education is evident when you meet with her and discuss the issues she is so impassioned about.
This week’s What Women Want Talk Radio with Judy Goss had one stand-out theme to me: transforming our pain into action.
We all deal with pain–emotional, physical. People often put pain on a spectrum, at least in clinical environment. I see pain as sort of a canvas of colors and shades personally. What’s important is not the existence of pain. Pain is a great equalizer and common denominator. It’s what we do with our pain that’s important, which is why I was so illuminated by our guest this week, Lisa Jacobson of The Daily Migraine, who had suffered through 9,000 migraines and Samantha Elandary, who took her childhood issues with speech and language and founded The Parkinson’s Voice Project.
The New Year has brought new opportunities for me. I am so excited to share my first foray into co-hosting talk radio! I will be a regular on What Women Want Talk Radio LIVE with Judy Goss on Wednesdays at 6 PM PST.
Judy is a spectacular host, famed journalist and lifestyle expert who really cares about creating substantial dialogues about the issues women care about. It’s an honor to be on her show. This past Wednesday, we had a fun conversation with two awesome ladies, Patty Sharkey, founder of National Big Wig Day and JoAnn Thomas, honoree of this year’s Big Wig Award. These two game-changing ladies are raising funds for the American Cancer Society in a fun and frolicking way. Learn more by listening to the show!
48 Million Americans are going hungry today. 16 million are children. Five million are senior citizens. This is not a failure of agriculture, but of policy. Coupled with a lack of awareness, this is having long-term consequences for citizens old and young. September is Hunger Action Month. Let’s take action!