Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Feed the Hungry #FightHunger

It may shock you to know this, but one in eight Americans struggles with hunger. There are families right here in America, that don't have enough food. Struggles with hunger are faced in every single state. From cities, to small towns, and even rural communities. There's no age limits, it affects from babies to the elderly. 

The faces of hunger, aren't always the ones you expect. Sometimes, it's the business banker, who was laid off, and has struggled for months, to find a job, that can cover his mortgage, bills, and buy groceries. Sometimes, it's the single mom on your street, who struggles to pay the bills, and provide food for her three kids, since her husband was killed in a car accident. Sometimes, it's the elderly couple on the corner, who struggle to balance medical bills, their regular bills, and buying food, on their small retirement incomes. Sometimes, it's the college student, who struggles to focus on their professor's lecture, over the growling of their stomach. The cost of their books and laundry take up their measly income, and not wanting to take out large loans, they're trying to survive on the one meal a day meal plan.

Hunger does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, at anytime. Many studies say, most Americans are one to two missed paychecks away from homelessness. Many families choose to pay bills, over buying groceries, and the parents eat less, so that the children can have more. This is the reality here in America, and other countries face similar or worse circumstances.

Thankfully, we have food banks here in America, and they can help provide families with much needed food. Whenever you see food or turkey drives, just know that the food collected, goes to families in the community, who would otherwise go without. Families just like yours.

I was happy to learn that Walmart and Sam's Club have teamed up with Feeding America. You can help feed America, by simply shopping at Walmart and Sam's Club. Provide your family with the things you need, and enable Walmart and Sam's Club, to help Feeding America's network of food banks, provide for families in need.

Learn more here:

You can also help by donating to your local food bank. Food banks accept donations all year long, not just at holidays. It is also a wonderful place to volunteer.

One in eight. We need to decrease this number. If we all join together, we can make a difference.

As someone who has had to rely on Food Banks in the past, I promise you, your donations will be much appreciated. 

If you're not sure how to help in your area, let me know where you are located, and I'll get you a list of food banks in your area. 

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