Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Feeding Hungry Tummies

If you've been following this blog, you'll recognize I appreciate the value of good, clean and healthy food.  My husband and I have been fortunate to be able to feed ourselves with whatever our hearts' desire while being mindful of our environment.  This is not the case for many Americans.  I had no idea how many though.   Not until I read this startling report did I understand the numbers!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported for the third consecutive year:
1 in 6 Americans live in households that are food insecure.  The USDA defines a food insecure household as one where anyone in the household has been hungry at least once in the last year and could not afford or have the means to acquire enough food.  Based on this definition, nearly 49 million Americans are facing hunger.   Most troubling in these numbers include more than 16 million children.  Five million households experiencing food insecurity include at least one senior. 
I had been researching a charity I wanted to support and now my desired organization came into focus.  With so many wonderful non-profits specializing in hunger needing support, whether it's through volunteerism or donations, I needed to whittle down my choice since I can't help everyone.   I found mine through Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

Feeding America is in the midst of a campaign Hunger Action Month.  I've decided my action for the few days left in this month, is to host a virtual food drive for The LA Food Bank.  Donations will help purchase the most needed food items, like canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and cereals.  If you live in the area and would like to join me in making a donation, please click below to my hosted virtual food drive page.  Upon your donation the Food Bank will email you your receipt.  If you don't live in the area but would like to take your own action, visit the Hunger Action Month site for a lead in your area.

Donate to The LA Food Bank
Thank you!

The LA Food Bank is in it's 38th year of service to the residents of Los Angeles County. Over the years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has grown in size, service and scope. Today the Food Bank provides food for nearly 900 member agency sites including abused and abandoned children homes, battered women shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, soup kitchens, AIDS hospices and more. 

1 comment:

  1. Our local church-based outreach program works with Feeding American San Diego and they provide a great service by leveraging a small amount of money into a significant amount of food for people who really need it. It's the 'loaves and fishes' brought to life here in our community. Thanks Silvia for using this space to give them attention.


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