Thursday, September 17, 2015

Talking About Hunger

Many of you who remember Bob know that he had several issues that he supported through this blog.  Pet adoption, responsible dog ownership, and conservation were just a few.  And Mom was very willing to let him use this space to promote action in support of those causes.  So today I want to repay her by using this space to talk about a problem that Mom is very concerned with - hunger in America.

If you think hunger is only a problem in third world countries you couldn't be more mistaken.  Today, right here in America, 1 in every 5 children faces hunger.  Think about it!  15 million children right here at home struggle to get enough to eat.  They are here - in your schools, in your churches, in your communities.

Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children.  And I love kids!  Proper nutrition is critical to their development.  Not having enough of the right kinds of food can cause serious problems with a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future career potential.  The future of America lies in our children.  When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.

It's time we join with Mom to fight hunger in America.  She is a supporter of Feeding America, an organization that helps feed America's hungry.  And every September, they sponsor Hunger Action Month.  Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.  Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

So, on behalf of Mom and Feeding America, I'm asking you to get involved.  Donate.  Host a food drive.  Take a "spoon selfie."  Volunteer with your local food banks or Feeding America.

I have never been without food.  Mom makes sure of that.  But I know how it feels on days when she gets home late and my dinner isn't served on time.  So I can't imagine how it would feel to not have enough to eat all day long!  Won't you help?