Time to end hunger

Published 12:09 am Friday, September 23, 2011

The problem is real and exists in every community across the nation.

In a land of great wealth and abundance, it is difficult to imagine that one in six Americans, including children and the elderly, struggles with hunger daily. More than 50 million people do not consistently get enough food due to limited resources.

And these victims are not just homeless or out of work.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 17 million children live in households that are considered “food insecure.” Twenty-one million students depend on free or reduce-priced meals at school.

The situation is especially bleak in rural areas as more than 2 million rural households struggle to maintain a healthy life due to high rates of persistent poverty.

September is Hunger Action Month, and there is no better time to take action to help our neighbors.

On a national level, Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org) encourages all Americans to help fight domestic hunger by donating to a local food bank. According to the website, a $45 donation can feed a family of four for a month.

Locally, the Food Bank of the Albemarle (www.afoodbank.org) is preparing for its 28th Annual Walk for Hunger Oct. 9. With a $1 donation, the food bank is able to provide five pounds of food.

And there is never a shortage of need at Eagle’s Wings. Volunteers are needed to deliver food, especially to the south side of the Pamlico River.

Hunger is a preventable problem. Accept this call to action and help bring hunger to an end.