Friday, April 1, 2011
April Food Day 2011
It's that time of year again. A good time. The sun is out, the gardens are starting to look like they have halfway forgotten winter. And how about you? Are you hungry today, do you wonder where your next meal is coming from or do you just have to decide which grocery store you'll frequent today? Which restaurant you might be headed to? For so many of us bloggers, food is such a part and parcel of our lives that we cannot imagine what it is to be hungry. No, not hungry because we're cutting back on the 'white stuff' but hungry because we don't have enough food, or any food. Hungry because what food there is has to go to the children, not us. Hungry because an earthquake and tsunami destroyed whatever food, food source, food stores might be anywhere near us. Hungry because violent upheaval in our country made it dangerous to even consider going out to find food.
No that's not the kind of hunger most of us think of when we even use the word hunger. We're hungry for the Starbucks Java Chip ice cream we don't have rather than the plain vanilla in the freezer. We're hungry for for peaches even though it isn't peach season yet. We're hungry for a new taste treat even tho the fridge has delicious and homemade healthy leftovers. We're hungry because we're spoiled.
I'm spoiled. I have never been hungry a day in my life. Really hungry. Honest to god hungry. Never. Have you? Today's a day we can think of those who know hunger. Those who don't really know what it is to know that food, good food, is going to be there tonight, and tomorrow, and most of the tomorrows to come. Maybe you know your nearest food bank. Maybe your library is taking donations. Maybe it's a new thought for you. Feeding America can tell you where the nearest foodbank that serves your community is located. There are other things you can do - no matter where you live. Today. Think about it, and think about real hunger. The kind that kills.
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