There are many things in life that just aren’t that easy to solve. Some relationships no matter how much you work at them will always be ones that you just have to work at. Finding a way to generate honest, helpful dialogue between people on different sides of the political aisle has proven to be better as fodder to get elected than it has something that may actually be realized. Even hunger (which is where this will land here shortly) can be overwhelming. When we consider how many hungry people there are in the world and all the different places they live, even if we think there’s enough money, food resources to meet the need , the actual logistics of getting it done is proving to be a real challenge.
Local food-insecurity is not one of those things that can’t be solved. In fact the further we look into this increasingly relevant American issue the clearer the realization; this doesn’t have to be this way.
1 in 5 American children under the age of 5 (according to numerous studies) live in homes where they may or may not get the food they need on a daily basis. Perhaps they’ll get a meal, but maybe they won’t. And if they do get food, maybe it will be a meal that provides the nutrition they need, but then again maybe they’ll just get fed whatever their provider can get their hands on.
The numbers change slightly for other age groups but an increasing number of older children, teens and working adults as well are joining this group of people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They are people who may live next door to you, attend your church; their children are in your children’s schools and your kids may have even had a play-date with theirs. They are from working families, some who are working more than one job but keep coming up short when it comes time to adequately providing the food their family needs.
This doesn’t have to be this way! When considering the problem of hungry children and families in the US, we immediately realize that there is no shortage of food; instead the problem lies in community awareness and coordination of available resources. In many of our cities, surplus food available to feed food-insecure families is nearby to where the hungry already live and work.
Community Plates and its generous partners will rescue surplus food and close the gap “from” where it is “to” where it is needed.