posted by Kristin Williamson
October 15, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
Did you know that Tuesday, October 16 is World Food Day? Hunger is a problem that seems to affect every community in every crevice of the world – from Columbia to Calgary to Copenhagen to Cape Town. Sometimes global issues are tough for little minds to grasp and children might struggle to relate to issues facing others in the world, but we can join this global movement by making a difference right here at home!
Hunger is a huge issue here in South Carolina. According to Feeding America, 18 percent of our state’s population is food insecure. What’s worse? 28 percent of our children are food insecure. So nearly a third of the children in the Palmetto state are not sure where their next meal is going to come from. The great thing is that it’s easy to get involved and every little bit helps.
Step One: Talk about it
Talking to children about complex and sometimes scary issues can be daunting. Here’s some insight into introducing your children to poverty and hunger and talking about the issue and how it affects our community.
Step Two: Take Action
- Harvest Hope. Did you know that this organization provides 48,000 meals across Central South Carolina PER WEEK? There are countless ways to get involved:
- Crop Walk 2012 is coming up on November 11. Bring the family!
- Organize a Souper Bowl of Caring group. Maybe it’s a church group, your child’s class, your neighborhood or a group of friends. Join the 260,000 youth that collected more than $9.5 million in dollars and food for local hunger-relief charities this past year during the Super Bowl. AMAZING.
Do you have other ideas for getting your family involved with fighting hunger? We’d love to hear about them!