Blog Action Day: Help Stop Hunger

It is hard to believe that even in the 21st century, millions of people are going hungry. Not just in the developing world, but here in America, one of the richest countries on Earth. As the gap between rich and poor has widened, more and more families have found themselves crossing that invisible line where they can no longer afford to buy food every day, where they have to turn to safety nets like food stamps, food banks and soup kitchens. One in 10 families in the U.S. is living with or at risk for hunger.

What makes this even more staggering is that there is no reason for anyone to go hungry. We currently produce enough food to feed every single person on the planet. We throw away tons of perfectly good food every year. We feed grains to our automobiles and livestock instead of to actual people. We pay our farmers not to grow food.

There are many reasons why food doesn’t reach the hungry, but there are no excuses. We can do better than this.

Today is Blog Action Day, and the issue bloggers are recognizing this year is poverty. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger today, not a shortage of food. Unequal wealth distribution means some families and some countries can’t afford to get this most basic of necessities.

As a foodie, I am pledging today to make a donation to my local food bank to help alleviate hunger in my community. Won’t you do the same? Please check the links below and make a donation to a food back or international charity that is working to alleviate hunger. If you don’t feel like you can afford to donate, then consider volunteering your time.

Please leave a comment letting me know what action you have taken today.


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3 thoughts on “Blog Action Day: Help Stop Hunger

  1. Gary Baumgarten 15 October 2008 at 6:46 am

    World Hunger Year co-founder Bill Ayers will be my guest on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time today to talk about World Food Day.

    Please go to my blog at and click on the link to the show to talk to Ayers.


  2. […] bloggers post their takes on an important issue. This year the topic is poverty. I posted about hunger on my food and cooking blog — please take a moment to read the post and consider taking […]

  3. Miss45 23 October 2009 at 4:57 am

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