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On a typical morning, my kiddos wake up hungry. This is probably because they’ve refused to eat much for dinner. They wouldn’t want to accidentally consume something green or even orange.
So the pantry-raiding starts early, granola bars and apple sauce and “drink yogurts” and cheese sticks flying off the shelves faster than Mommy can say, “How about some grapes?”
Meanwhile, across the state in Memphis, my sister taught kindergarten this past year. She wasn’t in the inner city Memphis schools, but in a suburban, title 1 school.
“Miss S, I’m HUNGRY,” she says they often come in saying. Most qualify for free lunch and breakfast but parents don’t always get them there in time for the early meal. She says there are often kids who just can’t concentrate from dealing with hunger pains.
Ashley stocks granola bars in her classroom for these times, out of her own pocket. And I bet many teachers can say the same. And it’s not a once-in-awhile thing. It’s an everyday occurrence.
Child hunger is not abstract. It’s not just in Africa or even Appalachia. It’s in your neighborhood and your state.
In summer, there aren’t teachers with granola bars. As I told you before, a LARGE percentage of the kids who get free or reduced lunch at school aren’t accessing government programs during the summer.
So what do we do?
If you have the means to help:
- Be “that” mom in your neighborhood. Hand out snacks to kids playing outside. Invite families over for dinner. Be THE place where kids want to hang out!
- Volunteer at a food bank.
- Watch this video about food insecurity – for every person who views it, ConAgrea Foods will donate a meal.
And if you need help?
- Find a local food bank.
- Check out some assistance programs.
- Personally I would urge you to contact a local church or your own congregation if you are involved in one. The Bible instructs us specifically to feed the hungry. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:14-16)
Once again … don’t forget to watch this very short video to donate one meal this summer!
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