What Does Hunger Look Like? A Post from Marsha B…
If you are like me, you gaze in horror at photos of children around the globe with bloated stomachs, ribs pushing through their skin and vacant looks in their eyes. We are appalled and ask, “What can we do!”
Do we ask ourselves the same question about the 1 in 4 children in the United States who live in ‘hunger insecurity’ … meaning they do not know where/when they will get their next meal. It is heart breaking to think that in a country as rich as ours, there are families with no food, or parents who work and still don’t have enough money to buy enough food to last to the next paycheck. Many parents just don’t eat so their kids can have a meal. In order for some children in Blacksburg to have two good meals on the weekend, schools and churches provide children with backpacks filled with food to take home.
Back to my question, “What Does Hunger Look Like?” It is not just the person on the side of the road with a sign saying “no food.” It could be a co-worker who always says they are too busy to take a lunch break, the child who loads his/her plate at school and maybe pockets some ‘for later,’ and the 1200 plus family units who swallow their pride and visit the NRV Food Pantry once a month. Many have jobs, but if you make even $10/hour you can’t afford to feed yourself, let alone a family.
Check out this trailer: A Place at the Table. http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable
It will be shown in its entirety on October 22 at 7:15pm at Northside Presbyterian Church on Progress Street. All are invited …. Bring a can of food.
So CFBB, let’s all be generous and share what we have with others by supporting the FITNESS STARTS WITH FOOD drive. There are lots of healthy choices you can bring to share….just stay away from sugar and processed stuff. The food drive will start on November 1 and last through December 20th. Stay tuned for details. Find our Facebook event page here and join up...
And keep your eyes open to “hunger around you.” When you share food, share yourself as well!!