One Moment of Knowing That Full-up Feeling

Being hungry is a tricky thing. Now, I’m not talking about just when people haven’t had something since yesterday. I’m talking about people who haven’t had anything to eat for a week. It’s also something that crops up in the news every so often when food banks are running low, or when the Post Office does their annual food drive. Many people think of unshaven bums shuffling to a food bank, or something from the musical Oliver.

“Please, sir, may I have some more?” ~Oliver, Oliver!

It’s more complicated than that, however. Even some colleges have food banks. Stories have been written of people in suits at soup kitchens, and clean and proud people visiting food banks. The economy has hit us all hard, and many more people than before have been going hungry, people from all walks of life and people who would never have dreamed of using social services before.

Many people have just thrown their arms up and despaired that they could do anything. Others have cleaned out their pantry and donated to a local food bank, written a check, or volunteered at a local food pantry. Some want to help, but don’t know where to start. Ha! Now there I can help. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to help: (Just imagine I’m speaking in Effie Trinket’s voice.)

  • Become friends with your local food bank! Food Banks are everywhere, and are awesome. Some are regional, such as my local bank, Foodshare. If you don’t have extra money, you can give some of your time. Food banks love when people volunteer to help sort or give out food.
  • Donate food! Remember, this, however. People are going to be eating what you send to a food bank. This is not just a place to give away that old can of spam that’s been in the back of your pantry forever. Fresh canned food isn’t too expensive, and neither is a box of Kraft Dinner.
  • Invite someone over to dinner! Many people who are hungry either don’t know where to turn, or are too proud to admit that they can’t afford food. Besides, spending time with your friends is awesome, no matter what!

So, next time that you want to send out a silver parachute, but don’t know where to start, remember Effie’s advice. Just remember, it’s a big, big, big problem, but not one that we can’t help!

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