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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Someone You Know

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Years ago when I was a struggling single parent I worked in a family practice office. Pharmaceutical representatives would often bring by wonderful food such as big breakfasts and lavish lunches... it was a tool they used to build relationships with the doctor's. Afterwards I would always offer to clean up "the mess". The other members of the staff thought I was SO great. But truthfully I had an ulterior motive. I did not want that food ending up in the trash. I couldn't let that food end up in the trash. I would wrap everything up and take it home. Sometimes that food was the only food in my refridgerator. My daughter never went hungry. But she remembers that there were some nights I would sit down to dinner with her and eat nothing myself. 

I am still friends with some of the people I worked with in that office. Years later when I told this story they couldn't believe it. They were completely aghast that someone so close to them had been hungry. 

Today I sometimes joke that I could well afford to miss a meal. But I haven't forgotten. So I pay it forward. hunger relief

Our family volunteers regularly to help pack food boxes at our church. Mr. Decor and Sweet Boy always participate in the B.S.A. event Scouting For Food. We never see who gets the food but it doesn't matter. It may very well be someone we know. In this economy of unemployment the numbers of the hungry continue to rise. Fighting Hunger Together

There are quite a few great organizations in Phoenix that help the hungry such as St. Mary's Food Bank and Feed My Starving Children. It is easy to find similar organizations in your area. Wal Mart is currently working with Feeding America to focus on reducing hunger here in America. The Fighting Hunger initiative will deliver 3 million dollars in grants to local food banks between April1-30th. You can go online and cast a vote for your local food bank. Vote and volunteer to fight hunger this spring with Walmart

I would love to hear your comments about why you plan on votiing or volunteering against hunger. 


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"Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor." ~ Proverbs 22:9 

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Such a beautiful post Laura! I was a single Mom with Adam for 8 years you ... and I am not ashamed to say that I applied and used Food Stamps to make sure that he always had food in his tummy....

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

When we were in a ministry, there were many times, I took the extra piece of ham, or chicken casserole for the kids. No one knew that there times, that is all the food we had.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Laura,lovely heartfelt post for such a good cause. I know all too well the feeling of hunger too. I suppose most of us have, at sometime in our lives struggled one way or another. It is so good of people like yourself to remember, and reach out to others less fortunate. We certainly have organisations here too,who do wonderful work. We help whenever we can. Keep up the good work xx

Michele Smith said...

What a beautiful post. I was a single mom for 5 years thankfully we were never without food thanks to my mom's good cooking on days we barely had anything in the fridge.

Tee said...

How we take things for granted! I was widowed when my girls were 3 & 5 yrs old; however, we never were hungry! We were so blessed, God put so many people in our lives and I was blessed with a great career! We belong to a church that feeds the community regularly so I know the importance of giving back. My girls are now 30 & 32 with kids of their own and my grandkids, like my girls did, participate in feeding the homeless at shelters and stocking our church community food pantry. Thanks for sharing your story, it made me once again realize how blessed we have been.

Lorraine said...

Wonderful and important post! I was hungry often as a child and my new kids experienced hunger often too. I take them with me to feed the homeless because we all need to remember where we were once and show compassion.

Sue said...

I can relate to this being a single parent for most of my childrens lives. It's amazing what kind of inexpensive food ideas you can come up with out of necessity. Whats funny now is my children ask me to make different things I used to make for them in those days and tell me how much they loved a particular meal. It wasn't until they were adults that I told them why I made the things I did. They said they never knew, they just knew they were happy and loved what I fixed them. Made my heart smile. Even out of adversity come happiness and wonderful memories.

Karen Albert said...

Laura, I am the eldest of eight so growing up we had very little in the way of material things; however we had each other and always had food on the table. I did the same for my family and when their father was not home for dinner we would often have "breakfast" Pancakes and scrambled eggs, maybe some crispy bacon. for Dinner.

I hope that Catholic Charities Food Bank is on our local list. They do so much good here, as does Harvesters.

Art by Karena

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

As a single mom myself, I so relate, way too often not much and boy did we eat our share of nothing but beans. They were cheap at the time, so I cooked them a lot. I always give food at all the grocery store food drives and I will also donate to Walmart, this is so important. Times are really tough for a lot of people. Hugs, Marty

Vel Criste said...

You are a wonderful woman Laura and it's no wonder God has blessed you fully with an equally wonderful and generous family. I usually just donate to FEEDING AMERICA by mail, but this is a great idea and I can get my kids involved too!God bless!

Liz Hockamier said...

Great post! Our church does quarterly food drives... we usually contribute at that time. Christmas time is the most common time for food drives and donations for the hungary. But the shelves can go bare in the summer. I love that our church makes it easy for us to "contribute".


P.S. I love walmart just for this very reason!

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I think a lot of people associate hunger with developing countries such as Africa or parts of South America. You are correct when you point out that we have this problem here in America. And it's been going on for a long time. I can remember having a boyfriend in high school who was the oldest child in his household. He often did not have food to eat towards the end of the month in particular. I would pack food to take to him each day so he would have something to eat after he left school. Although a lot of these hungry children live in households of hungry adults as well, sometimes they live in homes where money or assistance is spent on other things besides basic food needs. I would like to see more education about the nutritional needs of children, and adults as well, put out in addition to the government assistance. This is a "close to home" tragedy. Thanks for bringing awareness to it. Ann

Andrea said...

Dear Laura,

Thank you so much for sharing your personal story. I hope that it gives hope to many! I am an 11-year volunteer with the Junior League (most recently in Miami). We help combat hunger by providing services for the homeless, assisting battered women and their families, serving as mentors and promoting literacy for at-risk elementary students, etc.

I will certainly look into The Fighting Hunger initiative. Thank you again for sharing.

The Glam Pad

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

We have a Boy Scouts group that leaves plastic bags at our door a couple times a year. They leave them on a Saturday and hope to pick them up full of canned goods the next Saturday. I always try to fill the bag and set it back out. I'm so mad at myself if I forget to get it out in time!

Auntie Em said...

Sometimes it's not the ones who tell us they are hungry, it's the ones who don't who need our generosity the most. You story is so real and scary.
I totally believe in the children's breakfast programs at schools but what happens to these kids over breaks and summer holidays? Our countries government's need to pay more attention to these children.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Our church did a Feeding 5000 initiative and ended up providing 15000 meals, including backpack food for children who don't eat during the weekends; their backpacks are filled with easy meals on Friday afternoons.

A friend started a food recovery project where people go to Panera Bread and grocery stores at night, pick up what would be thrown away, repackage the food and take it to food pantries and housing projects. She redirects 40,000 pounds of food each month.

Our local food pantry designates a 'focus food' each month and churches focus on that. At the beginning of each month, they can then see how much more of that food they will need for the year.

Some easy ways to fight hunger, you, yourself can do it, don't wait for others!