Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bob the Builder Award: You, feeding the hungry
I cannot understand why so many people are hungry. There is food everywhere. I mean really, everywhere on this planet. It has never made sense to me.
September is National Hunger Action Month.
Most hungry don't have the power to speak for themselves. So I officially volunteering to speak for them today. I am a helper like that...
Friends, lots of folks are hungry. I don't mean "Man, where is that pizza? I guess I will eat this carmel corn until the pizza guy shows up..." like I just thought about 45 minutes ago kind-of-hungry. I mean the kind of hunger that drives children to eat things like paper and adults to simply completely go without.
This is information from the Kansas City area. But I am sure you could insert your city name here.
66,000 people a week are served by Harvesters--The Community Food Network
37% are children
8 % are senior
40% of households have at least one adult working
30% choose between buying food or paying their medical bills
If you know me, you know I have a soft spot for the hungry. I have given away a lot of Mr. Fun's money to buy food I haven't eaten.
Did you know that money is actually more productive to give to the food banks than food. $1 will buy 5 meals for five folks. $1.
Here are some ways to help the hungry in your community:
Pledge to help
Stay informed on hunger issues in your community
Donate extra produce to the Harvestor's "Grow a Row" program
Collect cans of food from your guests at a party or BBQ you host
Kraft will donate one meal for everyone who joins http://www.huddletofighthunger.com/
Do someting on September 11th -- National Day of Service
Bring a brown bag to lunch for a week and donate the money you saved from eating out
Sort food at a local food bank
Cook a meal with your children and discuss the problem and how your family can serve
Play on the internet http://www.freerice.com/ For every right answer, 10 grains of rice is donated to the World Food Programme.
Good luck friends. :)