Hunger, the Web and Yes, You

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For those of you who follow this or my tweets, you’ll know that aI have been beyond fortunate to purchase my dream home -a second residence/log cabin in a place called Great Cacapon, WV.  It’s on three acres of woods and surrounded by trees, trees and nothingness.  It’s my Walden Pond. In addition, we live in a gated community with wonderful neighbors and river access.

What does this have to do with hunger, the title of the post?  A lot.

While we are wildly fortunate  – gaining a second residence at a time during which others are losing their own homes — when I travel around the area a little bit, I see more about West Virginia.  I see unspeakable poverty, ramshackle dwellings and a whole lot of  people who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

When I got curious, I looked up some facts about my adopted state. I discovered West Virginia is third from the bottom in nation in per-capita income and the state ranks last in the nation in household income.  That’s poverty.  And where you have poverty, you have hunger.

With all of the screaming and yelling going on lately about  healthcare, if you asked the average person who is not sure of where his or her next meal is coming from, you might hear a different perspective.  You might hear that healthcare doesn’t mean a damn thing if you don’t have food on the table.  The unions vs. “Big Pharma” vs. the right vs. the left vs. the insurance comapanies vs. the doctors?  Not so much.

A friend who inspired this post made me aware of the someone who is doing something:  the Hunger Action Center.  And September is Hunger Action Month.

What is interesting and promising about the Hunger Action Center is that it is a strictly online community..

..of individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the fight against hunger in our country. Together, [we] advocate on behalf of 35 million hungry Americans by supporting federal, state, and local legislation that addresses the many factors that contribute to food insecurity in our nation.

What I like about this approach is that it is not a beg-athon whereby you can swipe your credit card for 15 minutes of feeling good.  Through an action center, you can help others raise awareness of hunger, and in so doing, put pressure on elected officials to realize that no jobs for some means no food.  Congress can write a lot bigger checks than you and I, so I like the thinking behind it.

So no big pitch from me;  I encourage you to visit the site and learn more about why hunger is and issue, especially now, what you can do about it and who is impacted:  mostly children.

And dear reader don’t worry; I plan to go back to my acerbic posts soon.  Just wanted to offer a little thing to think about today.

Mark

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  1. Jolie Perara Says: September 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Excerpt from my cover letter (yes, I still searching for a job):

    For 17 years I dedicated my life to raising our family; and during that time, I operated a small-scale nonprofit. In one case, I developed a relationship with a group of families that lived without running water on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

    And a little bit more:

    It was heartbreaking. My children were active participants in getting resources to these families. It is one of their fondest memories and it allowed them to see the shallowness in marketing. I attribute their wonderful spirit to our family’s dedication to give to those that are less fortunate than us.

    Great posting–enjoy your new home.

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