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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Birthdays are also for giving

I'm celebrating my birthday this week, it's been pretty awesome to receive so much specifically focused love from my family and friends.  One of the things I did for my birthday was share all the love I felt with two food based charities.  I actually decided that I wanted to give and not just receive on my birthday when I was driving home from work last week, trying to decide what I wanted for dinner.  And while I was hungry, I occurred to me that I have never really ever been seriously hungry.  I had the fortune to grow up with parents that always made sure I knew where my next meal was coming from.  I was never punished by being sent to bed with out dinner, I feel I had a healthy balance of junk for and the stuff that's good for you, and when I didn't want to eat what was on my plate I wasn't told about the hungry children in another country - I was told about the kids here.  And while as a kid I didn't  have an appreciation for this as and adult I do.  16 million children in this country are in food insecure situations.  16 MILLION!  Most of them receive food through school lunch programs and SNAP (the supplemental nutritional assistance program) which is on the list of government programs slated for cuts.  Is it a perfect program, no, but it's a first line of defense to prevent children and their families from being hungry.

I'm asking for your help on this birthday week of mine, please consider making a donation to your local food bank, a national or international food related charity; and if so inclined contact your local members of congress to tell them not to cut funding to SNAP.  You can find out more information from the No Kid Hungry website.

I do genuinely try not to get political on this blog, but I think we can all agree, or mostly agree, that hungry kids are a bad thing.

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

We do a food for fines program at our library. For about a month people can donate up to 5 food items and get up to $5 off their fines. We used to do it around the holidays, but I convinced everyone last year that, from what I've read, it's regular times when the food banks most need help. We did it in April this year and sent more than four giant cart loads of food off to our local food bank. Something to consider trying at your library!

theyummylibrarian said...

We did a drive in the middle of the summer last year, which I hope to repeat. And we do one every year from November through December.

 

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