2 young children, in my neighborhood (a 4 and 8 year old with the help of their father) were participating in community service by collecting nonperishable food for the Capitol Area Food Bank. I thought, what a great idea, collecting food...The 4 and 8 year old explained that after the holidays, food donations go down. More people and families have been relying on the local food banks for daily food for their tables. As a result, th shelves of local food banks have been running very low.
Quickly, I put together a shopping bag of nonperishable items to donate. It took literally 5 minutes of my time. I thought, this is so easy to do and I am helping some one or family from going hungry. Then I thought, if more people spent 5 minutes donating nonperisable items (even 1 or 2 items), the shelves of local food banks would have more food to donate.
Since the children stopped at my door, I decided to find out more about families and hunger. I did not know that approximately 633,000 residents of the metro DC area are at risk for hunger. I also learned that 47% of households receiving emergency food aid include at least one adult family member who works.
ActiveRain members, would you be willing to spend 5 minutes to go through your antry shelves to donate an item so someone less fortunate will not be hungry? Just think if this was done on a weekly or even monthly basis. Now that I have been educated by a 4 and 8 year old, I plan to donate to the local food banks on a regular basis.