Monday, April 8, 2013

Food Bloggers Against Hunger…..Pasta e Fagioli



"Hungry children suffer. And 16 million kids in America aren't getting the food they need. “

I'm blogging against hunger….
“Because a world where a billion people live in chronic hunger is unacceptable!”

As a food blogger, food is an integral part of my life.  I spend my time talking and blogging about all things food. That’s what food bloggers do. However, my heart breaks when I realize how many kids go to bed hungry each night.  I’m not talking about a third world country. I’m talking about right here in the USA.  I’m talking about right here in my state of New Jersey. 

"People are hungry in New Jersey. Though the state ranks as one of the nation’s wealthiest, more residents are turning to emergency food pantries and soup kitchens as jobs disappear and living costs increase, leaving them with less money for food. The number of people seeking food assistance in New Jersey has risen as much as 30 percent in some areas. As a result, the cupboards of these charitable organizations are becoming bare and in need of sustained efforts to enable their work to continue.”

"Nearly 1 in 5 children in America lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.  They may look no different than other children; child hunger in America is often invisible. They are hurting just the same.”  

I have volunteered in my church's soup kitchen.  It is an extremely humbling experience.  These people are not what you think of when you think about hunger. The face of hunger is not any different from yours.  The unfortunate person who may have lost a job, the single mother who struggles to make ends meet, or the elderly who live on a fixed income. They are our neighbors. 
Millions of Americans who participate in the nation’s food stamp program are limited to an average of $3 or $4 per person daily, to supplement their food budget. Do you think you could feed your family on $4 a day?  Food keeps getting more expensive. I can’t walk out of my grocery store without spending at least twenty dollars per bag. My church pantry can’t keep up with the demand for food.  What used to last a few months is now being depleted within a few weeks. This is America and no child, no person should suffer from hunger.

The recipe: I wanted to make a nutritious, economical meal that could feed a family of four to six for very little.  I decided, my recipe for Pasta e Fagioli was a perfect choice. Trying to keep meals healthy and economical is a challenging job, but it is possible. This recipe calls for readily available ingredients. Canned tomatoes, pasta, and cannellini beans.  You can find the recipe here


Wonderfully delicious and satisfying it will feed a family for just a few dollars


Preview ~ A Place at the Table ~ A documentary about hunger in America






Some things you can do to help…Please...


Tell Congress:
Federal nutrition programs are crucial for hungry children 

Take 30 seconds to write CONGRESS, urge them to reconsider the cuts to SNAP and other hunger programs.

Join the Hunger Core

NO KID HUNGRY…TAKE ACTION


FOLLOW The Giving Table and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry to stay informed about the war on hunger
  
Please get involved…we can help end hunger in America!


See "A Place at the Table"



This post participates with The Giving Table’s Food Bloggers Against Hunger


  

20 comments:

  1. I love Pasta e Fagioli. Can't wait to try your recipe. A lovely dish for a good cause.

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  2. I live in Canada but, like you, it pains me that children can go hungry in my prosperous nation. I too have worked at the church food bank, and it's very humbling. Poverty can strike anybody. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

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  3. Kathy I salute you. We need more social conscious people like you everywhere.

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  4. Yes. A thousand times. And there are so many simple ways to help. Our grocers have drop-off places for food donations. Very easy - very cheap to help. This dish (just as you made it) was a mainstay in our home growing up. My father was in school, my mother was home with two little ones. $$ was scarce. Very economical and it brings back such fond memories.

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  5. So, SO true that the face of hunger could be my face or your face. Great post and great, filling dish!:)

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  6. You're making me teary eyed too. The face of hunger is the face of our neighbors. I live in an affluent area yet our food pantries can barely stay stocked. Hunger is hiding everywhere... it is painful. Thanks for sharing your experiences and pasta fazool is a great recipe to share.

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  7. Great dish, Kathy! Hope this draws some more awareness and drives some action.

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  8. It is so sad and scary to read statistics like these and I am afraid it will only get worse as food prices are continuing to skyrocket. What a great post and your dish looks not only economical, but also delicious.

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  9. I never make pasta e fagioli, but I will change it now that the winter is coming. It looks perfect for a chilly day! And better if it´s for a good cause.

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  10. Great awareness raising. And it reminds me that I need to donate the mac & cheese (that my kids have decided they no longer like) before it expires. (Though your recipe does look so much tastier...)

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  11. A mouthwatering pasta dish for a wonderful cause!

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  12. Hunger... There is a movement in Europe some coffee shops offer a program if you go in for a coffee you can buy ask for 1+ coffee. You pay for two coffees. You get your coffee and the next homeless person who comes in from the street is given the coffee you have paid for. I know this is not a nutritionally sound beverage, but for people living on the street on a cold day... a cup of coffee can be a God sent.

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    1. I love this Zsuzsa! Your so right…on a cold day a hot cup of coffee is a blessing.

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  13. Great to be participating with other bloggers for this event, this was a great recipe to provide. Hearty, easy to make and staples that most people can get. Great post, and good point of bringing up how the soup kitchens don't have as much either these days!

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  14. Thanks so much for shedding light on this pervasive issue in America.

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    1. This is such an important issue…in the year 2013 no child should be hungry! Thank you for stopping by.

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  15. I wish no one and especially no child in this world was faced with hunger! Your pasta e fagioli is certainly a cheap filling meal!

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  16. Kathy, what a thoughtful and touching post! It is so very important to address this issue! And your recipe looks delicious, nutritious and economical as well - it is possible to cook healthy dishes on a budget and your recipe is a wonderful example of how that is possible! Thannks for the enlightening post!
    Have a good Wednesday!

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