World Food Day

apricots sizedI live in New Mexico, which has the highest rate of hungry children in the US. 46.6 % of single mothers in New Mexico live in poverty. I cry when I read this information, yet I feel helpless. What can I do to help hungry people?

Muppet LilyThe reality of hunger can be hard to bear and it’s good news that there’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, Lily, a seven-year-old girl, whose family often struggles to get enough to eat. Lily was introduced as part of the 2011 special, “Growing Hope Against Hunger.

October 16th is World Food Day USA, a worldwide event designed to raise awareness in order to help alleviate hunger.

36.3 million people in the US, approximately one in ten, live in households that experience hunger or are at risk for hunger. One in four USA children live in these hungry households. One billion worldwide are hungry.

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO

Host a Sunday Dinner and talk about hunger. Oxfam offers many ways to take action. In previous years, they have suggested bringing up the following questions during Sunday dinner.

Where does your food come from?

How is the global food system connected?

How can you support a local farmer?

Get together and talk with others about how to help alleviate hunger in your area. Is it enough to have more food banks or do we need food trucks? People who can’t afford food can’t afford transportation, so how can we get food to the people who need it?

EAT LOCALLY

Review your own diet to see if you could eat more local food or more food in season. Learn about the Slow Food Movement. Some people have even committed to eating only food that is grown within100 miles of them. Others, like Barbara Kingsolver and Bill McKibben, have experimented with eating only what they can grow and store from their own garden or buy close to home.

BE INFORMED AND TAKE ACTION

Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, Nickled and Dimed. She chronicles her experience of trying to live on the minimum wage.

Check out the World Food Day USA’s suggestions for educational materials and community action. Suggestions include:

Host a World Food Day Meal

Arrange a Food Drive

Organize a Community Garden

Live on $1.25 a day

Volunteer your time

Join me in remembering to say thank you every time you sit down to a meal.

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Peggy O'Mara newPeggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011 and founded Mothering.com in 1995. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three. 

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