Help fight Hunger in America — Volunteer at a Foodbank or Pantry!

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St. Louis Area Foodbank

How many times have you said, “I am starving!” when you were hungry?  I say it all the time without thinking about what being that hungry really means.  The truth is that my last meal was usually within the last few hours, and I know that I can eat again when I want to.  I have food in my house and money to buy more when I need it, and I do not face the uncertainty that comes with an empty pantry and an empty stomach.  50 MILLION Americans — 1 in 6 Americans, and 1 in 5 children — do not know where their next meal is coming from, and in this nation of plenty those are unacceptable numbers.

 

Together with Sadie of Slap Dash Mom, Debbie of Thrifty and Frugal by Debbie, David and Kathy of Crafted Candles + a bunch of friends and family including lots of energetic kids (and one Birthday girl who chose to spend her special day helping others!), we volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank on October 27th to lend a helping hand to those in need.  We bagged up over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce including carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini and squash.  It was a great time and everyone had a smile on their face.  In fact, I have NEVER seen an unhappy volunteer.  Helping others is good for the soul.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank distributes over 25 million pounds of food annually (as of 2011) to 500+ local food pantries in 14 Missouri counties and 12 Illinois counties.  Most of this work is done by volunteers, allowing the St. Louis Area Foodbank to spend 97 cents of every dollar on food distribution!  Most of the food is collected from community food drives and from events like the Scouting for Food drive next Saturday, November 17th.

Volunteering at a local Foodbank or pantry is an awesome experience and is a great opportunity to teach your children the importance of community service.  With Thanksgiving coming up, this is a prefect time to reach out and help others.  

Test YOUR hunger knowledge to learn how hunger affects those who you never realized needed help!  Take a look at this video also to see how hunger affects Americans.

I challenge you to GET INVOLVED!  You can find a local Foodbank or Pantry to volunteer and spend a few hours making a real difference in people’s lives!

If you need help yourself, please look up a local food pantry that can help you.

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