31 Days of Giving: Day 6 – Gift of Food

IMAG6511_1_1b holiday ball

Tonight I have a Holiday Ball to go to. There are 10 couples who host this holiday ball every year at a banquet hall (this is the 51st year) and each couple invites 50 people. They have snacks, cash bar and they hire a live band. I am very honored to be invited every year by an amazing volunteer couple and friend.

One of the things they ask of all their guests is to bring a canned food donation. Every year upon walking into the hall, I am amazed by the generosity of people. They usually have 15 to 20 – 55 gallon containers and they are over flowing with food to be donated to the local community pantries.

my canned goods I am donating tonight.

my canned goods I am donating tonight.

I have been fortunate in my lifetime to never have gone hungry, or not have to worry about where or when my next meal is going to be.  As we partake in many holiday gatherings of bountiful food and drink stop and think, how can I help stop hunger?

I am proud to do my own small part to help make sure people have this basic need to them during the holidays and year round. If everyone does their own small part, maybe we can end hunger?

Here are some startling statistics regarding hunger in America:

  •  1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
  • 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
  • More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.
  • Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer feeding sites.
  • 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.