Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

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.

Run Forrest Run

tellmanYou can’t ignore the similarities between Tellman Knudson and a certain film character that recognized that life is like a box of chocolates. And Tellman plays up the parallels to the hilt. His long straggly hair blows behind him as he runs across the United States from Manhattan to Santa Monica.

Tellman started his trek September 9…and the kicker here, is he’s doing the entire run barefoot. Ouch. When he completes his run in 99-ish days, he will be the first to do this, following Route 66 much of the way,  in bare feet. His back story is also particularly Forrest Gumpesque as Tellman fought his ADHD and physical difficulties as a youth by immersing himself in running to and from school 7 miles each way and finding solace in his footsteps.

The goal here is not to just cross the country sans shoes, but to use the attention he gets to raise donations for homeless youth. Each year, over two million young people, ages 12-24, will experience a period of homelessness. Over 100,000 American youth will sleep outside for six months or more. Tellman is bringing awareness and funds to organizations specifically focused on homeless youth, including Covenant House.

There’s a GPS system strapped to Tellman each day so you can follow his progress live, read his irreverent blog postings, find out more about him and the journey–and donate for youth.