Posts Tagged ‘end hunger’

World Food Day–Get Active to End Hunger

625124_50186101October 16 is World Food Day and a great day for each of us to recommit to ending hunger in our lifetime. I say “recommit” because so many of us already give some brain space to this issue…from donating money or working a meal at the holidays to buying a sandwich for the homeless person down the street from the office,  being an activist about the issues of food scarcity, and advocating for those who don’t know when or how they will next eat. It’s not just the dinner table mom-speak about starving children so you’d better finish what’s on your plate…it may very well be, without your knowing, your neighbors.

Today, dive back in and get inspired, then get active. There are events all over the nation, registered via the US offices for the day (and international events, too)–find one near you here.

There are some great actionable things to try in your community, like packaging meals or activating your campus or workplace. Tools like posters and social media kits make it easy for you to blog and tweet and update status and pin and tumble and insta and hashtag about your efforts and get others inspired as well.

There are nearly 850 million hungry people in our world. One in eight of us suffers from chronic hunger. Without sufficient nutrition, we cannot support health, and disease gets an greater purchase on already weakened systems and communities. Food insecurity doesn’t necessarily look like you might expect–it’s not only kids in foreign lands with protruding bellies–it is also the middle class family that is barely one paycheck from homelessness and has to rely on school breakfast and lunch programs to keep their kids going. Not all of our world’s problems are solvable, but this one is. We can, as a global community, get people fed, as long as we prioritize it.

Even if you don’t normally say a prayer or grace when you sit down to eat a meal, give a little extra thought today as you tuck into dinner, and imagine what you can do tomorrow to help another do the same. There is room at the table for each of us.

What Will You Bring to the Table?

logo web whiteMore than 1 in 5 kids in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger and food insecurity is a huge issue worldwide, but many of us don’t know how rampant it is here at home. Act before April 30, with the What Will You Bring to the Table website, and you can help bring one million meals to hungry kids…and bring along your own ideas and solutions as well. This site is a destination for kids and teens, to get them involved and activated around hunger issues. Every action you take and record, from planting a community garden, hosting a can drive or other food event, blogging and spreading awareness through social media…each action is met with a free meal being provided for a young person in need. There are more hungry kids in the U.S. than the entire populations of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined–nearly 17 million!

The website has great toolkits for raising the visibility of your project–kits for teens, kids, schools, families, and organizations. Volunteer, get involved–this provides a tangible result for your action–you will literally be responsible for feeding a hungry young person. That’s pretty amazing when you can empower elementary school kids with that kind of impact that is so accessible to them…or middle school, high school, spiritual youth group, entire class, etc. Steer yourself and the young people you know to the site, and get into action against hunger.