America’s 2nd Harvest

I was lamenting over my cabinets filled with canned goods that I bought, but may not use and the lack of room for items that I had purchased.  How many of us are guilty of “impulse buys” that we never eat?  I have cans sitting on my counter from the grocery trip today until I locate more room for them.  It got me to thinking about donating the items I have in my cabinets, but have not used. 

Here are some staggering hunger facts I found on the Second Harvest website:

• 36.4% of the members of households served by the A2H National Network are children under 18 years old.
• 8% of the members of households are children age 0 to 5 years.
• 10% of the members of households are elderly.
• About 40% of clients are non-Hispanic white; 38% are non-Hispanic black, and the rest are from other racial groups.  17% are Hispanic.
• 36% of households include at least one employed adult.
• 68% have incomes below the official federal poverty level during the previous month.
• 12% are homeless.
• 42% of clients served by the A2H National Network report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
• 35% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
• 32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

You can use this link to locate your local food bank .   This national network secures and distributes nearly two billion pounds of food and grocery products to more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  That is a lot of food to help a lot of people. 

Most of us think of the food bank at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they need help year around.  You can give monetarily, donate your time, or you can shop to donate. 

So go through your cabinets, pack of those canned goods and staples that you won’t use, locate your nearest drop off and donate to help feed a hungry person.  Pass the word along and see how many tummies we can fill today!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!