posted on October 06, 2015 10:44
This story was originally posted by Snak Stash and is reposted with permission.
Hi, there! I’m making a departure from my ingredient theme for a moment to write a bit about a social problem that is found in every community across our nation – hunger. Since September is Hunger Action Month, it seems fitting to take a moment to reflect on this very real hurdle in the lives of many of our fellow human beings.
I live in Pennsylvania, in small rural community where people tend to have a lot of family and social ties. You might think that these support networks would make hunger a non-issue in our region, but that is SO not the case! Did you know that more than 400,000 people right here in central Pennsylvania don’t have enough food to eat or feed their families (Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 2015)? Did you know that one out of five children in this region will go to school or to bed hungry tomorrow? It could impact my own child’s classmate, an elderly neighbor down the street, or a family at church that feels unable to ask for help. We have the ability, in many different ways, to offer the help they need.
I write this blog for the company I work for – Dutch Valley Foods. One really cool aspect of this company is that part of our vision is built on the concept of giving. The company has membership in the Specialty Food Association, and has committed to participate in the association-sponsored Embrace Hunger Relief Week from September 21 through 27. We’re holding a food drive to collect non-perishables for donation to the Central PA Food Bank. I really respect organizations like the Food Bank for taking on huge problems in our communities and never giving up – no matter how insurmountable the tasks they face.
We’ll be taking our donations to the Food Bank by September 29*. I can’t wait to see how much we can collect! The last time we donated, we had the pleasure of speaking to a young woman who was there selecting food for an education community. With tears in her eyes, she shared her story of how the Food Bank has made their community possible.
Hearing a personal, heartfelt story like that makes the message so powerful. In my next blog, I’ll share a personal story about hunger from my own life. But for now, I’ll leave you with this thought – a donation of food or money, no matter how much or how often, to organizations like the Central PA Food Bank has the power to transform the lives of real people in real need. Every person has burdens to bear, but with our help hunger doesn’t have to be one of them.
*Update October 7, 2015: Dutch Valley Foods employees collected 5,555 pounds of food and $4,000 during their one week food drive - enough to provide more than 28,600 meals to hungry individuals and families in central Pennsylvania.