01 April 2010

april food day

please join meg of pigtown design and chris of easy and elegant life in their effort to help feed the hungry in america- you know, it pains me to even write those words: "hungry in america". it is a concept that should be unimaginable, but it is a sad fact. i can't even imagine the shame and helplessness of not being able to feed my children, can you? in 2010, in the richest country in the world, people can't feed their families. astonishing. shameful. true.

here's some facts provided by chris & meg

• Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children. This is an increase of 46 percent over 2006, when we were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
• That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America for food and groceries.
• Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.
• Thirty-six percent of the households served have at least one person working.
• More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
• The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
• Feeding America food banks provide food and groceries to 33,500 food pantries, 4,500 soup kitchens and 3,600 emergency shelters.
• 68 percent of pantries, 42 percent of soup kitchens, and 15 percent of emergency shelters rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff.
• 55 percent, are faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations; 33 percent are other types of non-profit organizations.

so, please give what you can- no matter how bad you think your financial situation is, there is someone whose situation is even worse...

for more info, please visit the april food day blog,

thank you.

and thanks to both of you, meg and chris- it's nice to turn our frivolous blogs to a more substantial cause every so often...