Poverty — a problem in our nation and the greater world that is not going to get better any time soon. Mr C works as the volunteer coordinator for our food pantry at Trinity Cathedral. They have seen an uptick in the number of young people and women with children. It used to be homeless men. As the economy spirals down and jobs are lost, poverty will again become a huge problem for the US.
Out nation’s food banks are finding their shelves becoming empty as the need to help those facing poverty increases. If you do nothing else, I would ask that you go to this site: Feeding America and find your local food bank and make a donation of food or cash. If you belong to an organization, encourage them to collect food and money for the local food bank.
The program that I am putting my energy into is the Backpack for Kids program. On Thursday afternoons, we fill backpacks with non-perishable food. They are given to at risk kids on Friday to take home so that they have enough to eat over the week-end. They get breakfast and lunch on the school days, but can be at risk of going hungry over the week-end. They bring the backpacks back on Monday.
So, let me know what you are doing to help fight poverty in your neighborhood or worldwide.