My kids say the same thing everyday after school,
"I am STARVING and we have nothing to eat".
Well, I am not sure they realize what an important topic hunger has become.
I thought it might be a good time to talk to them about
the estimated 50 million Americans who really are hungry,
and see what their reaction was.
I approached my 14 year old, Carolyn
as she hit the fridge before starting her homework...
and Jack (age 12) as he was tending to his new tomato plants...
I asked them if they were aware that more than
16 million American children live in "food insecure" homes.
More than likely, there are kids that they go to school with
who don't know where their next meal is coming from.
Of course, at first they were only half listening to me,
but when I said possibly someone they know may be hungry they wanted to know "Why?".
Why would someone in our "nice" town not have enough to eat?
I let them know times are hard for a lot of people, you never know and shouldn't judge.
Carolyn was shocked,
she said everyone throws away "a lot" of their lunch at school.
Jack thought we should start a
where people could go and get all the fresh fruit and vegetables they wanted.
We talked about the Holiday canned food drives at
our grocery store and their school and
I asked them if they know where our donations go...
they had no idea.
They wanted to know why it was only around the holidays that food was needed and
I told them awareness is heightened then, but food banks ALWAYS need help.
Food and Volunteers.
I would love to know why and what food bank would you vote for.
Have you volunteered? Do you plan to?