Hungry

Yesterday at school, Lil Miss A kept telling her teacher that she was hungry. As soon as she got in the truck, she told Mr. Burgher, “I am HUNgry!” This same little girl ate a good breakfast and washed it down with milk, got a snack, and a birthday cupcake (sans icing–thank you to that Mama for thinking ’bout my baby!), yet she was hungry.

It made me stop and think about some facts that were shared during my visit to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank last week.
* 30% of those served by the Food Bank are under the age of 18.
* 7% are under the age of 5.
* Half of all Food Stamp recipients nationwide are children.
Those are some staggering statistics, and it breaks my heart. Here is my child, with access to plenty of food, yet she is hungry. I cannot even imagine how hungry many children in our world go truly hungry on a daily basis. We can stop this plight now, if only we recognize the need, educate those around us, and do something to give back.

Today, I want to encourage you to do something to end hunger in your community, in our nation, in our world. Can you take the Food Bank’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” day 13 challenge of donating your status to the fight against hunger? All you have to do is set your Facebook or Twitter to educate your followers about Hunger Action Month or getting help from a local food bank. I’ll even give you a good one to use, if you’d like. Here you go:

September is Hunger Action Month, and we’re asking all Americans to take action to fight domestic hunger. Repost if you are willing to take part!

Information Source: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Hunger: A Few Thoughts

Today, I did not worry about my personal hunger. I am lucky. Not everyone is. 1 in 6 people are suffering from hunger, and that’s a problem.

The moment I got into work for a Staff Appreciation Day and realized I took the last bagel, I at the same time thought, “Good thing I got here when I did”. What was I thinking? Did I forget everything I learned when I joined up with other local bloggers for a #blogmob of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank last night? I should be thankful there were still donuts for the others to eat and that I did not have to go hungry. I sent my daughter to school with a full belly and two snacks for her 2 1/2 hours there. Others may eat their only meal between now and Monday at a school lunch while I will be enjoying subs, Kennywood chicken, and a baptismal picnic this weekend. My work provided me with an amazing lunch of foods from around the world and desserts out the wazoo. I should feel ashamed for the amount of food that I am sure we wasted today, and guilty for eating when I know others are suffering.

But now, I want to do something about those angry feelings I have toward myself. Last night’s event charged me with a plea for you my readers, friends, and family. We are going to do what we can to fight and beat hunger. Tons of ideas are circling in my head, and I have many amazing thoughts (no guilty ones) floating around in my head for the official blog post about the event last night. For now, let me share some thoughts with you and perhaps spark some insight in your world.

1. The Food Bank is presenting 30 Ways in 30 Days for Hunger Action Month. If you have a Twitter account, please follow them, or if you are a Facebook’er, give them a like so you can hear more.

2. If you are a Pittsburgher, write to Senator Toomey on a virtual paper plate to let him know how important the fight against hunger is to you.

3. If you can’t give of your time, give a little bit of monetary help to the food bank by texting 4HUNGER to 20222 to donate $5 to GPCFB! (Standard text and data rates apply.) (By the way, that $5 will actually give the GPCFB $25 of buying power, more details on that to come.)

4. Keep an eye out here at ‘lil Burghers for more ways you can help the hungry.

PS: If you are suffering from hunger, please visit GPCFB here on the web and find out where you can get help near you. No one should be ashamed of being hungry–we are fighting for you.

xoxo,
Mama Burgher