We’ve all heard the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, it’s true – nutritious food is good medicine. Food is one of our most basic needs. Along with oxygen, water, and shelter, it is necessary for human survival. In a nation as affluent as the United States, no child should go hungry. Yet everyday hunger disrupts the lives of 1 in 5 children in North Carolina. In May 2009, Feeding America released the results of its first analysis of food insecurity in early childhood, “Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2005 – 2007.” North Carolina ranked second worst in the nation with 24.1 percent of its children under 5 judged to be food insecure and lacking regular access to nutritional food. The state was 10th worst in the same Feeding America study of food insecurity in children 0-18 years old.
To combat hunger the NC 4-H Youth Development program and the Food Banks of North Carolina, all of which are affiliates of Feeding AmericaTM our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, have teamed up on a new initiative entitled “Hungry to Help”. The Hungry to Help initiative endeavors to reduce hunger and address food insecurity by:
•Collecting food, money and resources
•Fostering volunteer involvement
•Enhancing awareness and increasing knowledge of hunger and food insecurity solutions
Buncombe County 4-H will be actively involved this year working on the “Hungry to Help” initiative and we need your help. We will be partnering with MANNA Food Bank located in Asheville on several service projects throughout the year including volunteer days, collecting donations, and more. Please check the blog frequently for updates on service projects that are being planned. We hope to have everyone involved in this project!
We also want to know what you and your club are doing to help fight hunger in North Carolina. If you or your club participate in any hunger related service projects, food drives with MANNA or any other local food banks, gleaning projects, or others please send Holly and email with the information at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be entering your efforts into a statewide 4-H database that will track our county’s efforts and how many people we are able to help.