Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, which celebrates the founding of the United Nation's global efforts to combat hunger, which began in 1979. 

According to the United States Committee for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), nearly one in seven people (about 1 billion) suffers from undernourishment. Look at the people around you. That could me one person in your immediate family. The one person could be your friend, co-worker, that guy at the store or a person on the other side of the world. Someone is hungry and does not have the means to reach proper nutrition.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin's 2012 hunger study reports that 329,400 people, including 105,400 children and 32,900 seniors, each year are at risk for hunger in Eastern Wisconsin. Considering that Wisconsin only has about 3 million people, that's about 11% of the population, and it only surveyed half of the state! I don't know about you, but I think that's absurd.

Whether you are a recipient of the generosity of a food bank or you donate to one or if you've never even heard of one, please consider doing something to support the fight against hunger in your community or on a global scale. If you're not sure where to start, you can check out the "Act" section of the World Hunger Day blog. There are lots of things you can do to help.

Personally, I'm going to write a few e-mails to my representatives, spread the word to you crushers, and make a donation. How about it? Will you act?

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