It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that we are one of the wealthiest nations in the world and also have one of the highest hunger rates. As the number of new restaurants grows, the number of hungry children grows. How can this be?!
The obvious factor is income level, but still- in the land of plenty, no one should be without. Food banks struggle to keep enough food on the shelves to help needy families, but grocery stores and restaurants are throwing out produce that is perfectly edible.
It is estimated that 70 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. It is also estimated that up to 15 million children ( or 1 in 5 ) struggle with getting enough to eat. Chances are, there are children in your child’s class or a family you know that is facing hunger.
How to help?
Support your local food banks and food recovery programs. Get your office or church involved and donate your time and/or money. Most of these organizations are nonprofit and your gift is tax-deductible. While they are in the community feeding those in need, they are also advocating for policies to prevent or reduce child hunger.
Other ways to make a difference in day to day living:
- Shop smart and realistically. Plan your meals rather than mindlessly filling your cart.
- Stick to portion control and don’t over serve yourself and family to create waste.
- Save and eat leftovers for lunch the next day.
- Store food properly and keep fridge clean so you can see what you have and need to use.
- Try pickling and canning excess produce.
Think Globally, Act Locally.