Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wiping out hunger, one stomach at a time

Hungry kids do poorly in school. Hungry adults are slowed down too. We all need to eat to survive. Sadly, hunger is a problem, not just in poor countries, but right here in the United States as well. Just look at the lines at Glide Memorial Church and you will see what I mean.

The solution? Well, it might seem pretty obvious - we need to wipe out hunger. It isn't something that can be done quickly in just a single day or with just one simple program. Hunger is pretty widespread and it is going to take a lot of resources. It is going to take all of us, but that's why we will succeed. We can wipe out hunger one stomach at a time - we can ALL pitch in.

Volunteer. Donate. Get involved. There are so many ways to do something about hunger and each one of us can be involved in a variety of those ways. I mentioned Glide Memorial Church here in San Francisco. That's just one of many places with programs already in place. If you are somewhere with no pre-existing program, start one of your own. Donate food or money. The money can be used in a variety of ways as needed. Canned goods are always a help. Volunteering is also a big help. It takes many hands to prepare and serve a meal.  Now is such a good time too.  September is hunger action month.
Churches and other charities often run meal programs - check around and see if there is one you might get involved with.  Also, online check out http://feedingamerica.org/ or http://www.feedthechildren.org/ and another great resource is the San Francisco Food Bank HERE

There is one more organization that I want to mention, because it was a favorite of Joan RIvers, who's funeral is today.  Go to https://www.glwd.org/ to find out about a New York organization called God's Love We Deliver.  You might even want to make a donation in Joan's memory.

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