It’s World Blog Action Day! Feed the World and America too….

Today is World Blog Action Day and it’s all about food.  I am sure that many of my blogging colleagues will write about the challenges of feeding the hungry people of the world.  We are all aware of the crisis worldwide – especially in third world countries where each day is a struggle to get enough food.

But I am taking the cause a little closer to home.  Right here in the flourishing US of A we have those among us that are not sure how they will feed their families.  During this difficult economic time, we find people out of work, losing their homes and also being hungry in our own American backyards.

Food for all....

According to Feeding America, hunger is a major concern for many Americans:

  • In 2010, 48.8 million Americans, or 14.5 percent of households, were food insecure
  • In 2009, 8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were food insecure
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America
  • In 2010, 4.8 percent of all U.S. households (5.6 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or two times during the year.
  • In 2010, 59.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.                                                                                                                                                              Source:  FeedingAmerica.org

These statistics may startle some because we are often lost in our own set of problems.  But sometimes we have to look outside of the box that is our own world and look at the plight of others.

You might ask yourself, “What can I do?”

Look in your community.  Across America t here are efforts to feed those in stress.  In my community we have an annual Thanksgiving week dinner that is open to all.  Team Feed Flagler is comprised of government, civic and religious leaders that have come together to host an annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration offering food and fellowship to all in our area, but it goes further than that.  In addition to preparing the dinner and feeding the community, food boxes are prepared and are distributed to those that have a need.  Both monetary donations and food donations are being taken now.  For my local readers, here is a list of drop-off points for non-perishable food donations:

  • Flagler County Government Services Building
  • Palm Coast City Hall
  • Flagler County Chamber of Commerce
  • Palm Coast Community Center
  • PNC Banks in Palm Coast (until 11/5)  
  • Town of Beverly Beach Town Hall  
  • Staffed fire stations countywide

But this dinner fills a need just once a year.  The rest of the year the food banks in our area are constantly providing food assistance to those that need it.  Our list of food banks includes 14 churches and other locations that are continually accepting donations and distributing food to those that need it.  Check out the food banks in your area and try to donate, not just at Thanksgiving time, but throughout the year.  People are hungry every day of the year across the nation and the world.  If you can help, please do.  Visit any of these sites to see how you can help not only in your community, but across the nation and the world.

World BankWorld Food ProgrammeFeeding America

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9 responses to “It’s World Blog Action Day! Feed the World and America too….

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  2. I didn’t realize just how widespread the food problem is in our own country until I spent some time at our local ICA Food Shelf. Ours is a middle-class neighborhood and I had no idea so many people were having such a hard time until I saw how many people we served each day and how grateful they were. I now know the hunger problem is much closer to home than I ever realized. Thanks for your post and I’ll be back!

    • Thanks for visiting and for your comments. I am glad you took the time to volunteer at your local food bank. It’s a great feeling to help, isn’t it? In addition to food banks and our Thanksgiving food drive and meal, our county also distributed 40,000 Meals on Wheels to those that can’t get out. So much is going on around us that sometimes we are unaware of.

      Peace….

  3. This is a great article, Christine! Thanks for it!

    • Glad you liked it, Jaycee. Blog Action Day is a great way to spread the word about important issues. This is the second year I have participated!

      visit again soon…..

  4. Food, a subject close to my heart. How can such a basic need become such an elusive thing to so many people. It is so sad, but you’re right, after being sad we need to do something about it. We can all make a difference if we each “chip in” Thanks for your post, and reminder!

  5. Isra
    Thanks for your comments. I hope others will have the same feeling as you and “chip in.” If we all do a little, we can make big changes.
    Thanks for visiting!

  6. We’ve experienced the same situation in Kansas City, Christine — dwindling food pantries and an escalation in numbers of needy families. I did an interview with the local SRS and was told that they saw a 35% increase in families applying for assistance for food and utilities. It’s staggering and the reason that food pantries do not have the supplies they have had in the past. We’re all doing our part here, though, to see that the hungry are fed and sheltered. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that giving even the smallest amount goes a long way.

  7. I am sure that every community in our country is struggling with this same problem, but the important thing is that citizens are stepping up to the plate (no pun intended) to put food on tables everywhere. Our Team Feed Flagler efforts are in full swing. I am a member of Chicks with Cans and we are working hard to pull together as many non-perishable food items as possible for our annual Thanksgiving effort and to help families in need.
    Thanks for your comment!