A wish for the new year: no child hungry
Are you hungry?
Craving a mid-morning snack? Needing a nosh after a session at the gym? Wishing you could sit down to dinner instead of sitting in a late meeting at work?
What will you do to satisfy your hunger?
And, is it really hunger?
According to Share Our Strength, hunger is "the uneasy or painful sensation caused by a recurrent or involuntary lack of access to food. Many scientists consider hunger to be chronically inadequate nutritional intake due to low income, not just lack of food. This means that people can be hungry from a nutritional perspective without experiencing physical pain."
Hungry and hunger. Entirely different.
When I started writing my first post of each year about childhood hunger, the number of kids in America at risk of hunger was pegged at 14 million.
Now it's 12 million.
The reality is that nearly one in six kids in America still experiences hunger.
The Perfect Pantry has a longstanding commitment to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization that invests in the most effective local and national nonprofits working to guarantee that families at risk of hunger receive critical support, and that kids receive the nutritious food they need.
Please take a few minutes, with your morning tea or coffee, to watch this short video.
What can you do in 2010 to make sure no child goes hungry?
Support a community garden. Teach your kids about nutrition. Donate to your town's food pantry (that's the food pantry in my town, in the top photo). Volunteer for Operation Frontline. Contact your elected representatives. Write or blog about childhood hunger issues.
It takes more than money to end hunger.
Please share your strength.
I wish each of you a happy, healthy, creative, fun, absolutely scrumptious new year. You are, as always, the most important ingredient in The Perfect Pantry.