Monday, January 19, 2009

National day of service: How to participate even if you have no time

In a few hours my boys and I will be heading over to a church in our town to help clean out their food pantry, check expiration dates on the food, and help organize it. The project was put together by the student council of the junior high, and the elementary school children were invited to join in. Yesterday, we hit the local Shop Rite Can Can sale (lots of canned food on sale) and loaded up bags of soup, baked beans, peanut butter, jelly...

I did a piece for Sustainablog back in the fall about how the food pantries in the US had seen a jump in people who needed their help. I can only imagine that since last fall the need has become greater. In fact, the 2008 statistics for food insecurity (based on 2007 numbers) revealed that 36.2 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, are in danger of being hungry on any given day.

A lot of people aren't able to participate in today's National Day of Service because they have to go to work. And they are thankful that they have a job to go to at this point. If you are one of those people, but you'd still like to do something, why not stop by your local grocery store this evening after work and pick up some food to donate to a local food pantry. I don't think it matters if you can't get the food to the pantry today. Just get it there as soon as you can.

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