Hunger has been on my mind lately. Not my own hunger. I’m rarely hungry. In fact, I just registered for a summer farm share from Lancaster Farm Fresh. I have 25 weeks of fresh, local produce to look forward to.
So, no, I’m not hungry. But in a perfect storm of coincidences, the subject of hunger has smacked me in the face with its surprisingly powerful hand over the last two days:
1. I received an email regarding an Ending Hunger conference in my local area. On April 15, the Anti-Hunger Coalition, along with Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Food Bank of Delaware, will meet to discuss new practices to help eliminate hunger in my state. I’m excited to learn about introducing local agriculture (and fresh produce!) to those that need it most throughout the state in a panel called “Farm to Table.” If you’d like to come to the conference, click the photo to register. Jim over at the Food Bank says, “The more the merrier!”
2. I just signed up as a Food Blogger Against Hunger. On April 8, I’ll be sharing more thoughts on the issue of hunger right here on the blog. If you want to donate a post, go to The Giving Table to sign up.
3. I saw this guy talk about “Food Deserts” and “Guerilla Gardening” in his South Central L.A. community.
4. A friend told me about the Food Bank of Delaware’s new Community Supported Agriculture program. Now local, fresh produce will be delivered to those that need it most and could not otherwise afford it. Learn more here.
Hunger, right here in America, is a sobering reality.
During a week when people are thinking about chocolate Easter bunnies, colorful Easter eggs, and Easter dinner, I’m thinking about these words from Jesus: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me….whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
My motivation for ending hunger might not be your motivation. But shouldn’t we ALL be motivated anyway?