Keeping Kids Safe... From Hunger3:21 PM
There's too much going on. The news, lately, has been devastating. It doesn't seem like anything matters if our kids aren't safe, and, as adults, we want to do everything in our power to keep them in a warm, loving, secure state.
Unfortunately, not all kids feel secure. Not all kids feel safe. While school violence has been at the front of our thoughts with regards to caring for our kids, there are many other secret dangers that haunt our little ones and keep them from experiencing their fullest potential.
Hunger, amazingly enough, is one of them. I don't know why some kids go hungry. Sometimes, it's a lack of knowledge from caregivers on how to provide the building blocks necessary to grow and thrive. Other times, there is an environment of addiction that consumes the adults and pushes the basic needs of their own kids onto the very bottom of the priority list. Other times, however, it's much more solvable problem: one of money and resources and logistics.
We are blessed in this country. While we have kids that are in need, we also have an amazing infrastructure in place. If I want to order a 6-pack of my favorite organic pasta sauce, I can place an order on Amazon.com, pay $3.99 extra and get it tomorrow. (That's right -- TOMORROW.) Almost no other place in the world can say that. There are countries where supply trucks are backed up for miles, dealing with borders and politicians and riots and broken bridges. Here, however, we have friendly delivery drivers, express shipping, grocery stores full of food, and a hundred different ways to make payment in the checkout line.
That's why it amazes me that child hunger in the U.S. isn't solved yet. We have the means, the methods, and the heart. What we have left to gather is the support. $1 feeds 3 kids a healthy meal. $1 gives a hungry kid with an addicted parent, an out-of-work caregiver, or a non-working stove or microwave hope for another day.
If you feel led to give, please contact your local food bank. If you feel led to give, consider supporting amazing brands like ConAgra Foods with your purchasing power. With your help, ConAgra Food's efforts to give out 1 million meals last year can be increased. Take a moment to visit ChildHungerEndsHere.com for more information. (And thank you for considering hunger in your giving efforts this holiday season.)
*I am a compensated blogger correspondent for ConAgra's Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.