I don’t know about you, but at least once during a week I will say “I’m hungry.” Now, I’m not lying when I say this. I really am hungry: my stomach makes funny noises, sometimes it even hurts, and sometimes I even shake or get really tired. But when this happens I go to the kitchen and I get myself a snack or dinner or go to the store or a restaurant and the problem is solved, at least for me.
826 million people in the world are malnourished. What this means is that they don’t have enough food to eat, and the food they do get doesn’t give them the right kind of energy and vitamins to be healthy. 16,000 kids die every day because they don’t have enough food. If 16,000 people in Jasper died every day, it would take 2 days for everyone to be dead.
But the saddest part about the hunger issue is that this shouldn’t be a problem. There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. Think about the food that you don’t eat when you go out, or even leftovers that get thrown away because no one wants to eat them for the third night in a row. But there are kids out there that eat rice and beans every single day of the year, because that’s all they can afford.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can do something about it. Money is a way to start, but you could also grow vegetables to donate to the food bank here in town, make peanut butter sandwiches to hand out to people that need them, or collect seeds and supplies for people to grow their own food. And there are always mission trips that your family could do for vacation this summer to help people in poverty. Below are some organizations that work to get people food, maybe they will inspire you to do the same.
*Remember kids: let Mom and Dad know what sites you’re going to look at before you look at them.
http://www.worldvision.org/- Along with other things, World Vision works to provide not just food for the children and families but also a way for them to keep producing food for their families, so that hunger stops being a problem all with Christ as the center.
http://www.plantwithpurpose.org/- Another Christian organization, they teach people to plant and care for fruit trees, so that they not only will have food to eat, but also sell the extra food so they have money to buy other things they need.
http://www.chfus.org/- Children’ Hunger Fund does just what is sounds like, Helps make sure children have food from right here in the United States to international to disaster relief, they want to help the church help others.