This Monday, the USDA reported, "15% of U.S. households lacked enough money to feed themselves at some point last year. In addition, 608 million of these households (with as many as 1 million children) had ongoing financial problems that forced them to miss meals regularly."In the on-going desire to political correctness, the report termed it "food insecure homes". I found "food insecure home" a trivialization of the fact some people go to bed hungry because they don't have food.
Data reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "42.4 million are getting food stamps - a 17% gain over last year. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program jumped by 17.5%. Congress is debating funding of the food subsidy programs."
Once I got over my aggravation on so many points in this report, I realized I had two options:
- Write my representatives in Congress and make my wishes clear.
- Plan to locally help those who are not able to feed their self or their family.
- Exactly what is being debated: funding? methods? how to determine eligibility? amount? stop the programs? This one will require some digging.
- Helping locally is, in part, easier:
- Donate to the Lions Club's Thanksgiving basket project.
- Donate to the Salvation Army Christmas fund or a homeless shelter.
- Donate to the local Food Pantry (food, paper products, money).
- Send a grocery store gift card anonymously to someone who is struggling to feed their family.
- Ask around, at your church for example, if there is someone who needs help.
- Not only young families with children, but, the elderly often have trouble having enough money to buy food when other high dollar items take all their monthly income.
- Don't spend their dollars wisely which leads to repeatedly getting in financial dire straits?
- If someone or a family is hungry when they go to bed because there is no food, then the why of it isn't my first immediate concern.
- Am I enabling? I'm not set on this earth to withhold food from the hungry while they learn.
- I either give through a responsible philanthropic organization or anonymously.
- If I give anonymously, I usually give a gift certificate at a grocery or if the needs are broader than just food, I may give a Chamber of Commerce city-wide spending card.
- I figure I'm responsible for my own motives and charity. I'm not responsible for "making" others responsible. It would "feel better" if they were, but, sometimes they aren't.
- If my gift is grossly abused, I don't need to give to that person next year - there is always someone needing help; that list will not go away.
I've found I'm always Blessed when I help another in need and give thanks "But there for the Grace of God go I."