Across the country, people are lining up at food banks hours before they open, in hopes of getting the fresher eggs and meat protein that typically run out quickly. Where those who show up late, or are at the end of the long lines have to forage for stale white bread and marshmallow fluff to last them 2 weeks!
99% of 180 food banks surveyed said they've seen an increased demand from 15 to 40% since January...
Interestingly enough, many first time food bank patrons are coming from better neighborhoods, indicating that more and more middle class families aren't able to make ends meet.
We're entering into a new era in our country, where keeping up with the Jones' isn't about that shiny new car in the driveway, but rather those who have proper nutrition, and those who do not (assuming those who still have driveways after the foreclosure cloud finally passes).
The worst part is that the food banks can not keep up with the demand, where some areas can only provide 25-30% of those in need and where food programs for senior citizens are reduced to one grocery bag, rather than two a month.
For our nation to flourish and have hope of a better future, we have to work together to find creative solutions to provide healthy, nutritional food for those most in need. But not just programs for food donations and increased value food stamps, but real community action plans that improve people's lives to give them and their families greater independence, to hopefully bring an end to hunger in our country once and for all!
Please visit: http://www.secondharvest.org/
This is a site that serves as a national resource for regional and local food banks across America. Perhaps you have some extra food in your pantry? Or you and your family and friends would like to volunteer? There are so many ways we can work together to figure this out and make a difference.
As always, please feel free to comment on our blog or send us e-mail with any ideas and suggestions.
Peace, love and organics,
Your Hippy Gourmet Family