Today is Food Bloggers Against Hunger Day, and I hope you will indulge me a bit as I do my small part. The United States is the 7th wealthiest country in the world, yet, tonight, 50 million Americans will go to bed hungry. Here are a few of my thoughts on how we can each help.
1. Sometimes hunger is right in front of you. Invite to dinner a student facing large bills, a retiree living on a fixed income, or a neighbor who is out of work. You will get back more in conversation than you share in food.
2. Support your local farmers by shopping at local farmers markets. Putting money directly into your farmers’ pockets will help their businesses thrive and help ensure that they and their families don’t go hungry.
3. Don’t waste food. Americans waste more than 40% of the food we produce for consumption. Buy only what you will eat and learn to repurpose – or, better yet – share your leftovers.
4. Donate to charities that feed the hungry. There are many. My personal favorite is City Meals. Find your favorite, and support it with your money, time, or both.
5. Write your senators and representatives in Congress to urge them to protect SNAP funding and make anti-hunger legislation a priority.