Last weekend, I found myself unexpectedly weeping at a sustainable agriculture conference. A session on helping farmers’ markets accept food stamps started with part of the 1968 documentary “Hunger in America,” which showed a tiny, premature baby literally dying of hunger… in our own country. This TV show triggered outrage that led to big and good changes in the food-stamp program. But I wept for that baby and wept for all the children still hungry in America.
More people than ever are requesting help as our economy falters, with requests for assistance up more than 30% this year. You can help by supporting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, which is helping over 9 million children avoid hunger this year. The organization estimates that it serves 25 million low-income Americans each year through over 200 food banks and 63,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other agencies that feed the needy.
Over half of the food banks surveyed by Feeding America have had to turn away hungry people this year because they didn’t have enough food. That means more hungry children, who suffer not just from the immediate pangs of hunger but also long-term problems: weak physical and mental development, poor school performance, and more costly hospitalization.
Please make a generous gift today to Feeding America to stop the ache and damage of hunger. Feeding America says that every dollar you donate provides $9 worth of food and grocery products to men, women, and children struggling with hunger. It’s the best investment you’re likely to make this holiday season.