Feeding America!

Posted: May 18, 2009 in Benevolent, Community Outreach
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Feeding America Logo 

We’re taking a short pause from our feature stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to focus on a campaign that truly tugged at our heartstrings. As we continue to feature stories about the volunteerism and community efforts being done by everyday citizens across this country, it behooves us to highlight a national mission going on, that is detrimental to our human condition and survival. You’ve probably already heard about it, but we still wanted to give it additional attention by featuring this segment regarding “Feeding America” anyway.

As we go through our daily lives, we really don’t realize how massive this hunger epidemic is affecting our municipalities throughout the United States. It’s hard to fathom the idea that so many people are suffering from hunger all around us. We felt this campaign was just too important to let the opportunity pass by and not mention its fundamental importance.

Due to the extreme economic challenges we are currently facing in the midst of this recession, many hard working Americans are finding themselves displaced, due to unavoidable, difficult financial circumstances. Our act of compassion permeates as we step up to the plate with our humanitarian efforts to help our brothers and sisters in any way we can. Everyone can do something to help in their area and it doesn’t have to be in a grandiose fashion or with an exorbitant amount of money to make a difference either.

To learn more about Feeding America (formerly named Second America Harvest) visit their website at http://feedingamerica.org/. Here you will find a wealth of resources and stories such as:

  • For every $1 you donate, Feeding America helps provide 10 pounds of food and grocery products to men, women and children facing hunger in our country.
  • 1 in 8 Ad Council PSA CampaignThe primary message behind this campaign is that one out of every eight Americans struggles with hunger, which is a startling and, for some, hard-to-believe fact, but one that is supported by expansive government research and data. 
  • Read real stories about the “Faces of Hunger”
  • Locate the Feeding America food bank that serves your local community. Search by zip code or state.
  • In conjunction with Feeding America, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden led a “repack” at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. The well-attended volunteering function yielded 2,000 bags of food for children who participated in the “Weekend Bag Program”.  Each bag contained groceries for five separate meals – enough food to get a child through the weekend when they do not have access to school meals.  

http://feedingamerica.org/take-action/volunteer/obama-biden-repack.aspx?__utma=1.3398945934315948500.1231191737.1240856265.1241114841.88&__utmb=1.6.8.1241115055045&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1236692110.33.8.utmcsr=surveymonkey.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/s_thankyou.aspx&__utmv=-&__utmk=233937950

It is easy to stand on the sidelines and talk about the problem, but it takes great courage and compassion to get up and get involved in the solution.

Be Inspired…Then Be an Inspiration!

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
 – Mother Teresa

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