We have been talking about hunger in Oklahoma this week so now I want to turn things around and as… What do you do when you budget everything you can and you are still coming up short?What gets cut out when everything has been cut? Seems we are hearing more and more about families these days that are in this very situation.
This isn’t meant to put you on the spot. It is a serious plea for help. As I said, my Mom turned to peanut butter. We would eat Peanut butter for weeks at a time. This is not something I like to think or talk about but it is a part of who I am today.
So how do you make it work or DO you make it work?I once heard a term… Think Globally, Act Locally.
It fits here…
It is time for us all to act. I want to challenge every person reading this to do something to make sure a child or grandparent does not go to bed hungry tonight.
Now this is the part that is going to upset a few people. If this blog inspires you to go in the kitchen and pull out that 1989 can of cubed potatoes that’s a buried in your pantry…save it. People need nutritious food. Not your “don’t wants”. Here is a short list of what is needed…
- Canned meat
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Canned tuna
- Peanut butter
From www.regionalfoodbank.org “One in five children in Oklahoma is at risk for hunger every day. Unfortunately, for many children, hunger isn’t just an occasional missed meal, it is a way of life. Children who live with hunger develop physically and socially at a slower pace than their peers. Chronically hungry children experience higher levels of anxiety, hyperactivity, irritability and aggression. Chronic hunger results in students with lower attendance rates at school and lower academic performance. Even relatively short-term nutritional deficiencies can negatively impact a child’s health, causing cognitive and developmental damage that prevents them from performing at their full potential.” http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/Food-Bank-Blog/
Can you live with that? Stand up and make a change!! This is our present and our future. Show them they matter…
Anthony Murray is an NFCC Certified Consumer Credit Counselor and Bankruptcy Services Coordinator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma. CCCS is a non-profit Credit Counseling agency with offices in Oklahoma City, Bethany, Enid, Stillwater and Tinker Air Force Base. Contact us at http://www.cccsok.org or 1-800-364-2227
- Hungry in Oklahoma (cccsofcentraloklahoma.wordpress.com)
- New Breed of Americans Going Hungry (abcnews.go.com)
- Use Your Social Influence to Help End Childhood Hunger in America. 2011 Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Restaurant Rally. (sexythinker.wordpress.com)