Saturday, May 6, 2006

Hunger in America

Thirty years ago Alec and I met and we help run a soup line at the Everything for Everybody organization in New York City. Then we moved to Mississippi where we founded Persons and fed free meals in our home. The problem of hunger in America is still here.

Right now 38 million Americans don't know where they will get their next meal.


Saturday, May 13th, The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will have its 14th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. To contribute to the food drive leave non-perishable food donations near your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives. They will pick up the food as they make their deliveries and transport it to local food banks. (To be see your community's carriers are participating, see the 2006 List of Coordinators.)

Tuesday, June 6th, is National Hunger Awareness Day, a grassroots movement to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in America. They dare to ask "How can there be hunger in one of the world's wealthiest nations?" ~ and what can we do about it. There are plans for national and local events; resources, and more.

Also see America's Second Harvest ~ the nation's food bank network, with more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations. The network secures and distributes nearly 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. They support approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, Kids Cafes and BackPack Programs. Last year, this network provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

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