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.
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…
I saw this petition on Change.org today and I had to sign it.
Photo courtesy of Change.Org
One in five Americans go hungry and one reason that happens is because of waste. There is no one culprit, though this petition specifically asks Albertson’s to take action. It’s an attitude adjustment that we need to make toward “ugly produce”. Food is food–whether it’s picture perfect or not.
It’s time to embrace the ugly produce so we can eradicate the ugly reality of hunger in our nation. It’s time to embrace the ugly realities, so that we don’t place blame, but take action.
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!
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