Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How About Our Own Kids?

Have you noticed how all the network and cable news programs have been bombing us with the relief efforts in Haiti? Every channel you turn to has reports showing collapsed buildings, stories about trapped people and how they are not getting enough food and water. One evening, all of TV was taken over with a star-studded musical extravaganza trying to get people to call in and donate gazillions of dollars. (I think gazillion is about 1000 times a trillion. Or to put it in perspective, strip-club lap dance money for Tiger).

All that is fine and if you want to give your extra change to that cause go ahead. But what bothers me is that rarely do we hear about all the starving or hungry people in our own country. I can't recall when the networks all worked together and spent the entire evening prime time allowing our "stars" to sing and look sad and ask for money for Americans to eat. Do we hear about it at any time of year, other than the money drive at Thanksgiving for the homeless? But I think that's been done for centuries and is more of a habit than a necessity.

So I thought it only right that I gave a little stumping for feeding our own people. There is a non-profit organization, Feeding America, that works to get the word out that we have people that don't have enough food or the right kind of food for their children. I copied the following information from their own website:

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

So please put down your grande frappe-latte and cream-cheese bagel and check out their website and take a few minutes to think about our own people. 

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