This is the year when massive number of Americans have declared themselves disconnected from humanity. Announcing they have no obligation to their less fortunate neighbors, this segment of our population is proving they haven’t the slightest idea what Christianity … or for that matter, Judaism or any other faith … is about. They have shed generosity, kindness, conscience, and abjured any obligation to anyone but themselves. They are proud of being morally defective.
Supported by religious organizations of every denomination, with the assistance of local grocery stores, businesses and private citizens who don’t want their neighbors to go hungry, they provide food for people who otherwise might not eat.
Food banks operate quietly in almost every community. These are the places that make it possible to not send the kids to bed hungry. They give food without requiring a lot of paperwork. They help while trying to let those they help maintain their dignity. They do not judge. They are friendly, smiling, and act like what they do is no big deal. Think nothing of it, they say. Being poor is not shameful in their eyes.
There is nothing more terrifying than realizing there is nothing to eat and no money to buy food. Poverty is painful, humiliating, and scary. The big bad wolf is not merely at the door, he is in the house stalking you.
Poverty isn’t limited to the lazy, drifters, drug users, or any particular group or class. It is part of the daily lives of the elderly, a familiar companion to anyone on a fixed income. It haunts the working poor, the disabled, and many who have been hit by “life accidents” from the closing of the plant where they used to work, to fire, flood, or other calamity.
What all these people have in common is they have been assaulted and beaten by events over which they had no control. Government agencies are not user-friendly and frequently so rules-bound it’s impossible to live long enough to get help, even if you easily qualify for assistance.
The people who run food banks, the staff, organizers, local businesses and plain folk who work to make food available to those who need it, are unsung heroes. So today, I offer you a song of praise. I salute you. You have saved many of us when we were vulnerable, desperate and had nowhere to turn.
You are the best of America.
- Food bank: We need more food to feed UK’s hungry (telegraph.co.uk)
- Feeding the hungry in our community (hamptonroads.com)
- Feed the Hungry While You Get in Shape with the Protein Food Drive (prweb.com)
- HoneyBaked and its Customers to Feed the Hungry this Holiday Season (prweb.com)
- Community helps feed city’s hungry (nanaimobulletin.com)
- Volunteers Needed To Harvest Michigan Fields For The Hungry (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Filling the Bus to Feed the Hungry (wbng.com)
- 220 Marketing’s Project Feed the Hungry 2011 (prweb.com)
- Help Seattle Nanny Feed the Hungry (redtri.com)