Courtesy of Jen
In 2000, 13 million children lived in households that did not have an adequate supply of food, and almost 3 million of these children lived in households that experienced hunger.
— U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, March 2002 "Household Food Security in the United States, 2000"
I am always surprised when people show up hungry. In a country with food on every corner and obesity at an all time high it’s easy to forget that not everyone gets to eat. Several years ago I was working the front desk at the shelter when a family with three kids walked in. Dirty, haggard, exhausted. They had been camping up in the hills for weeks because they’d been evicted after losing their source of income. I learned later that they’d run through their food supply and had been meagerly eating out of trashcans and what they could round up. They realized they were near the end of their rope and came in for help. Hunger isn’t obvious like other sorts of wounds. You don’t think when you see someone in the states that they actually might be starving.
The father quietly asked "do you think we might get a little food for the kids?" and so I brought them back to the dining room and rounded up some bag lunches. Homeless bag lunches are no joy to anyone – a peanut butter sandwich and an aging piece of fruit. I gave lunches to the family and the kids immediately tore into them and gulped them down. Their parents moved to hand their lunches to their children when I asked if they were hungry too. The mother replied that they were but their kids hadn’t eaten in a couple of days. These were little kids, all under ten years old. Kids that need nutrition and sustenance to survive. To make their brains and bodies grow.
I immediately rounded up more food including big glasses of milk and the few vegetables I could find. They ate everything i gave them, quietly with dirty fingernails, they ate. And from then on the first question I have every time I meet a new family is "are you hungry" and more often than not the answer is yes.
so participate, let’s make a small dent in the problem, and be a part of the solution. Make your donations and vote in the What Should Flutter Cook? Contest to combat hunger.