I had a cooking class tonight that I’d scheduled before we started this project so I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about why I think this project is important. You might be wondering why I choose to give my time to the Capital Area Food Bank, the driving force between our Austin Food Bloggers Hunger Awareness Project. The simple answer is I believe Hunger is Unacceptable and that it is much too widespread in this country.
You might be sitting in your living room reading this thinking that you don’t know any people who are hungry, but I bet you do. I’m not just talking about the homeless person that you pass on the street, that person is obviously hungry.
What you might not realize is that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 children in Texas don’t know where their next meal is coming from and almost 13% of families in Travis County live below the federal poverty level.
There’s a good chance that they child playing next to yours on the playground at Zilker park doesn’t have enough food to eat, not to mention the right food. Over 60% of AISD students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program.
Or, it could be the elderly man or woman you passed on the street. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to hunger because of their limited income and the effects of hunger on their health is even more poignant.
It wasn’t that long ago that I lived on a very limited budget and had to make choices between buying groceries or paying a bill with the last $10 in my account that month. Luckily, I have lots of friends and family in town who were willing to feed me dinner and I learned to stretch $10 into a full week of meals. It wasn’t easy, but I made it work.
Whether you realize it or not, you are surrounded by hunger every day. With just a small donation, you can make a big difference in the life of that hungry person in your life.