Monday, February 28, 2011

Talk With Your Mouth Full!!


It is easy to forget about the millions of starving people in the world when one has a full belly and doesn't have to wonder where his or her next meal will come from, but perhaps the dinner table is the ideal place to think about world hunger and what might be done to address the problem.  The evening meal is often the only time that families have to communicate and exchange ideas. In some homes it is a tradition. Free the Food's aim is to educate by presenting facts and statistics along with direct links to their sources. The information provided would surely make for lively and meaningful discussion. Instead of, ''How was your day?," try  "Who knows where the local food bank is?" Or, "Do you know of anybody in our community who needs some help feeding their family?" Or, "Did you know that 40 to 50% of all food ready for harvest in the US is never eaten?" Hopefully, the conversation would lead to action. Volunteer opportunities abound. One only has to look.  Many churches regularly serve meals to those in need.  The
local "Meals on Wheels" might need a driver.  Find out if your favorite supermarket donates food to be distributed to the hungry, and if they do not, encourage them to do so. Ask at the bakery, the coffee shop or the bagelry.  Quite a lot of "day-old"baked goods get thrown out daily.

                                   Educate! Advocate!

"There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tons of food wasted by US households, retailers and food services each year would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them.
  • If we planted trees on land currently used to grow unnecessary surplus and wasted food, this would offset a theoretical maximum of 100% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 2.3 million tonnes of fish discarded in the North Atlantic and the North Sea each year; 40 to 60% of all fish caught in Europe are discarded either because they are the wrong size, species, or because of the ill-governed European quota system.  
  • The bread and other cereal products thrown away in UK households alone would have been enough to lift 30 million of the worlds hungry people out of malnourishment
                                  24 to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin."
Follow this link...
It will conduct you to the home page of Fare Share Community Food Network. You will find a short video of an organization that is taking ACTION in Great Britain.
Think about the situation..... the possible solutions..... discuss them with your family and friends........ The struggle to end world hunger begins  right here at home! 
                                THINK LOCALLY........... IMAGINE GLOBALLY
Thanks again for reading!
Would you please pass me the jellly?

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