I’ve often discussed supporting each other with our creativity and I do believe in it. Supporting one another will bring success, but more importantly the comfort of understanding friends.
There are other ways to support others. Smile at someone today. Compliment a stranger. Let someone go ahead of you in a line. Say a prayer for someone suffering. Send pink energy to someone in need.
Today, I want to discuss one of the most important ways we can give comforting and nourishing aid to others and that’s contributing often to your local Food Bank.
It seems like more and more people need help with food, but Food Banks are hurting. A couple years ago relatives of ours had lost their jobs and had no income for awhile. We did buy them food but we encouraged them to use the local Food Bank too.
I couldn’t have been more disappointed in what they received. Outdated canned goods, lots of canned chili but not fruits or vegetables or meats, breads that were stale and/or moldy, cakes that were past their dates. One time they received a huge box of mushrooms that had sat in the warm July warehouse for who knows how long. When I told one woman about the outdated foods, she remarked, “that’s good enough for them.” Is it? I asked her if she’d eat it and her response was, “I don’t have to.”
Rarely did they receive milk or milk products or meats or much fresh items. Just before Thanksgiving they received a letter informing them that there wouldn’t be enough turkeys to go around that year.
I discussed the issue of hungry children with a teacher at a less fortunate school. She said many students get one meal a day – the free breakfast or lunch provided by the school board. Now that’s heartbreaking.
Although it’s important for our children to get healthy food every day and a minimum of 3 meals a day, it’s just as important for adults and especially seniors. Have you ever gone hungry? I grew up in an alcoholic home and I can tell you that going to school or to bed hungry is no fun.
While we’re at it, let’s not forget our pets and other infant necessities that many Food Banks give out when they have them on hand.
It can’t hurt our budgets that much if everytime we go to the grocery store we pick up one or two non-perishable items to donate.
Today, I have a guest-post from a very dear friend of mine, Elizabeth Maginnis. Elizabeth is a children’s author and an exceptional editor too.
Here is her post about college students and hunger:
My husband and I contribute to a diverse group of charitable organizations, such as animal welfare groups and those that care for the homeless. From time to time we also contribute to grocery store food bank campaigns, but not too long ago we began to contribute directly to Foodlink
, our local “umbrella” agency that distributes food to a large number of local member agencies. I did not realize how deeply hunger affects our area until recently. A local news story reporting on the frequency with which college students visit Foodlink to supplement their meal plans opened my eyes wide to the extent of the problem. We pride ourselves on the many colleges and universities in Western New York, yet why is it that students can’t afford to feed themselves? Is tuition so outrageously high that they risk going without food to pursue a degree? And how can they graduate if they’re too hungry to concentrate on their studies?
The same can be said about younger students in our area, regardless of location. Poverty reaches into the suburbs now. Chronic hunger, and its insidious effect on school performance, is no longer limited to traditional inner city neighborhoods. How will our region overcome its economic challenges if our students have no chance to succeed in school and build a future here?
Food bank contributions make an important difference in students’ lives and lay the groundwork for a better future for them and their communities. By supporting their efforts, you’re helping food banks bring fresh produce and other healthy menu choices to kids in “food desert” neighborhoods and keep their warehouses stocked so hungry college students can fill their food gap with something more nutritious than the typical selection found in dormitory snack machines.
Thank you, Elizabeth for this informative issue on our college students and their need for healthy foods.
Elizabeth has a blog at: Desert Girl Media where she tackles many of today’s concerns. I encourage you to follow her.
Please help Food Banks and the hungry. Our governments tend to concentrate on the needy around the world, and there are many, and surely they have the right to eat healthy too; so let us concentrate on helping our relatives, neighbors, community children and seniors. Imagine rarely holding a fresh fruit or having a can of fruit. Imagine having non-perishable potatoes with meat and a veggie and fruit.
Support is the key to save our world. Unconditional love is the answer. I pray that we all may open our hearts, our minds, and our souls to guide us to those in need and help us share what we can.
One by one, one shopping day after another, one donation here or there, and there won’t be anyone in need.
Love, Honor, and Respect to all, my friends.