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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coping with Food Insecurity in the US: A Local Story

My church and I are partnered with the Interfaith Food Cupboard in Lansdowne, PA. What happens there is an example of what is happening across the US. Far too many people are suffering with food insecurity in this, "the wealthiest nation in the world." That means many people here simply do not have enough to eat and often don't know where the next meal is coming from. It is an invisible problem in most areas. Driving down the street, walking though a neighborhood, biking down to the corner store, you just don't see it.

However, our food bank, serving one school district and limiting families and individuals in need to one three day supply of emergency food A MONTH is struggling to keep the shelves stocked with canned and boxed foods with decent shelf lives to give away to those who desperately need it. I know what you're thinking, "You're getting played. Most of those people are probably just scamming the system." Some people do, but check out these mythbuster explanations from SNAP before you make that determination: http://www.hungercoalition.org/food-stamp-myths

Check out these figures for the number of unemployed in the US: http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/hunger-and-poverty/hunger-and-poverty-fact-sheet.html Now consider yourself lucky if you do not have to cope with this devastating problem personally. Think "there but for the grace of God go I" and contribute to your local food bank. Food insecurity hits adults and children alike, young and old, both genders, anyone who has fallen on hard times in a rough economy. We need to do more to help.

We're not even touching upon the 21,000 who are estimated to die of hunger worldwide every day. We'll start small for now and work out from there.

For more information on what our local food cupboard accomplishes (and needs), see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/10/interfaith-food-cupboard-of-lansdowne.html

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