Carolyn West writes at This Talk Ain’t Cheap.
We are very fortunate to be able to live in Southern California. The weather is beautiful, the people are beautiful, it’s the entertainment capital of the world. But… even in a city full of million dollar homes and Bentleys, there are people who are living in their mini-vans and waiting in line at the unemployment agency. Southern California definitely has a reputation of opulence and while it IS in some areas, we also have our share of low-income housing and poverty and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
People are hungry. Hunger in this country is a crime. There is no reason for it. Yes, our country is in a dire financial situation, but how much food do we throw away every single day? Farmers, markets, restaurants… these organizations constantly have extra food that gets disposed of on a daily basis. Hopefully, they will all consider the families that are barely making ends meet and could really use a little extra help.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is an amazing organization. They supply food to charities all over the county. In business for 38 years, the Food Bank is partnered with Feeding America, the nations’ largest non-government, domestic hunger relief agency. Their mission: that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County. There are so many different ways to get involved. They have volunteer opportunities for anyone over 14 years of age and hold regular information and training sessions. You can also donate money if you don’t have the time to volunteer.
Keep in mind as well that most local cities have their own “Food Pantry” where you can donate non-perishable food. It’s as simple as a Google search.
As you are preparing your holiday meals this year, think about those families who can’t put food on the table for their children. Maybe the next time you go grocery shopping, you can pick up a few extra cans of food and drop them off at a local hunger organization. There is no reason anyone should be hungry in this amazing country we live in.