End Child Hunger: AUGUST 27th DAY OF ACTION!!!
“There’s work to be done / So, let’s do it a little by little!” – Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Wake Up and Live” (1978)
For a country that can produce 1.4 trillion dollars in less than 6 months to spend on “saving the economy” (see late 2007 under Bush and early 2008 under Obama) it is morally reprehensible that 16.7 million children are “food insecure” – that’s a government term. For the rest of us, it means, 1 out of 4 children under the age of 18 are hungry.
And, these are the numbers that we can count through the school districts.
I began paying attention to the rising number of children being reported as HUNGRY during the Presidential campaign. Before the primary,the count was 12.1 million. During the campaign it was 12.8 million. After Obama was elected it rose to 13.3 million.
At this point I became appalled with disbelief. After the Obama Administration passed the Stimulus Plan, the number rose to 14.1 million, where it held steady until Spring 2009. I started working on increasing Alaska’s minimum wage with a letter campaign. We succeeded and 5 State Senators signed a “Thank You” letter for me. However, the number of children reported as “food insecure” rose to 16.7 million by the end of the year. That’s when I changed my focus.
I was not the only one. Anti-hunger advocates across the nation were up in arms. The Obama Administration made “ending child hunger by 2015” the number one goal of the USDA, which started hosting “IvoryTower-level” talks with Food Banks and anti-hunger experts like they had NEVER heard of child hunger.
I completed my training with Leadership Anchorage in 2009. Frustrated, I formed a team with my fellow classmates and we began tackling this problem in Anchorage, seeking to raise AWARENESS!
So far, in 2010, the number remains steady at 16.7 million. No one is quoting a greater number. Which means that the attention being placed on THE CAUSE OF THIS GENERATION is working. Food Network star, Rachael Ray just wrote a nationally distributed editorial and the National Anti-HungerOrganizations are pushing Congress hard to provide funding for the Child Nutrition Act.
Attention and Awareness are crucial. I desire to see the number being reported of children hungry to DECREASE. Towards this end, Troy Nkrumah (a 20 year veteran of grassroots movements) and I had a meeting. We brainstormed a way to RAISE THE AWARENESS of child hunger in America. We would like everyone to:
1) Take an END CHILD HUNGER picture with a cardboard sign and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) On FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010 please change your PROFILE PICTURE to the END CHILD HUNGER PICTURE you took.
3) Tell 5 people about this ACTION and get ready for HUNGER ACTION MONTH 2010.