"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...
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
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!