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No Child Left Hungry – Is It Possible?

September 16, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe exist for food choices – heirloom/heritage, common sense food for those who want food choices and want to know how/where their food was raised and processed. I’ve faced criticism at times for not condemning those who farm differently, or for patting ourselves on the back for the things we “do right.”

And if I truly believe in food choices, then I can’t very well condemn the choices of millions of people can I? I might choose sausage, eggs and some potatoes for breakfast but millions of people choose Kellogg’s cereal or Starbucks coffee and a muffin or doughnuts or yoghurt. We all have choices. What if we didn’t?

Stop for just a moment and think about having three or four children and few options. You’re far away from the USA. You got them fed for today but don’t know when the next windfall will be to get more rice. They’re thin, they don’t play anymore because they don’t have the energy.

Now sometimes this is government policy, sometimes logistics – sometimes other reasons. I wonder if that matters for that parent looking in his or her children’s eyes and not knowing where their next meal will come from, let alone the next nutritious one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI often say we in America are blissfully spoiled in so many ways. Many have never felt true hunger – that of going days without food. I hope that is the case for everyone reading.

I have a friend who has traveled the world teaching basic agriculture for food. He lived several years in Nepal and has told stories from around the world – sometimes in dangerous situations – trying to insure all have something to eat. He’s involved with Heifer Project International to provide agriculture, food and opportunity to those in need.

He’s looked into those hungry eyes and his stories bring a new appreciation of how spoiled we are in America.

I see that from many fronts lately. I’m thankful for that. We don’t know what tomorrow holds.

May it be life, food, love – basics overflowing. And may we never take it for granted.

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