Today is World Food Day, a day to “join the global movement to end hunger.”
So why do we need days like this? So we can share statistics like “(a)n estimated 26 percent of the world’s children are stunted due to malnutrition and 2 billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies.”
According to Feeding America, 20 percent of the people in Henderson County are “food insecure,” and are not sure where their next meal is coming from.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the kind of hunger you see on Sally Struthers commercials. Which is why people like Bill O’Reilly feel free to say that the idea of hungry kids in America is a “total lie.”
Shame on Bill O’Reilly. Because there are children in our county going to bed at night unsure if there will be breakfast in the morning. Or lunch.
I know, because I have friends who pack bags of food every week for children to eat through the weekend. But they can’t do that kind of work alone.
According to Feeding America, “Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.”
So no, maybe we are not talking about the same kind of hunger as in Third World countries … but can’t we do better all the same?
Please consider making a donation today to one of the food pantries in Henderson County. These are the ones I know about:
– Athens Food Pantry, 715 East Corsicana Street, Athens, 75751, 903-677-1600
– Faith in Action Outreach, 103 South Terry Street, Malakoff, 75148, 903-880-2906
– Christian Life Center, 2611 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City, 75156, 903-887-5429