Children Hunger Nutrition

So far most of these three word posts have been…not all that serious.   But when Fang Feng submitted a comment suggesting the words “children”, “hunger” and “nutrition”  for a post on this International Children’s Day I realized it was time for a serious post about a serious issue.   As difficult financial times continue in much of the United States and much of the world,  hunger is a serious problem.    So on this International Children’s Day,   I appeal to you to take action to help children and adults who suffer from hunger.

I believe that the best way you can help is to help out right there in your local community.   If you are not familiar with any food banks in your area,  do a Google search for  “food banks your city and state”.   Contact a food bank in your community and ask them what they need most.   Most food banks are happy to accept cash donations,  and some welcome food donations,   although many do not accept food donations.    It may be that your local food bank is more in need of volunteers to help with collecting and distributing food that is donated by restaurants and grocery stores.     If you can spare a few hours per week this can be a great way to contribute to the fight against hunger.

If you can’t find a nearby food bank you wish to support,  you could instead make a contribution to Global Impact.    Global Impact is a reputable organization which supports more than 60 reputable charities including CARE and Doctors Without Borders.     By clicking the link above you will be taken to their donation page where you can donate by credit card.    There is also information on where to send a paper check and a telephone number if you would prefer to speak to an agent to make your credit card donation.   My sincerest thanks to each and every one of you who volunteers their time or treasure to help end hunger.


8 comments on “Children Hunger Nutrition

  1. We volunteered at the Houston Food Bank a couple of months ago. It was one of the most fun volunteer jobs I’ve ever done (because they make an effort to make it so – so we’ll WANT to come back, again and again). They have various themed evening shifts, like “Family Night” and “Date Night.”

    One thing I didn’t know, but it makes a lot of sense – do not donate ANY baby foods or medicines without checking, first, with the receiving organization. It broke my heart how much baby food we had to discard due to potential liability/health issues – but safety is a big concern and there are several layers of inspection and packaging that the food goes through. Donated baby food is just too risky to distribute through a large food bank, so out it goes. Canned goods, jars with seals intact, unopened packages, snacks, cereals, pasta, etc. are all good. Check dates – most things are still good up to and considerably beyond, but again – safety comes first. Remember, it’s a food bank, not your dumpster. Our group processed some 14,000 lbs. of donated food in a single shift, as I recall, and my husband, son, and I worked together as a family – inspecting, sorting, discarding, and sending off to be packed up. I thought very highly of some of the area grocery stores – every time we’d get to a box of food that was in good shape, still within its expiration dates, and mostly of the same type, it was almost surely from one of the large stores in town. They donate a LOT of food!

  2. In tough economic times, one of the best investments, provided you have a yard, is a garden. Seeds are relatively cheap and a family can keep themselves with fresh vegetables through the entire summer which takes a burden off of their food budget.

  3. Alan, thank you very much for this blog. While we often see problems in this country, there is a much bigger issue around the world. Children are dying because of lack of food and nutrition. While our children are happily playing in school yard and playground, millions of them in other parts of the world suffer with starvation, diseases, abuses, and neglect. Again, thanks for bringing this important issue to our attention on the International Children’s Day.

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