Thursday, November 23, 2006

Something To Think About While Feasting Today

Happy Thanksgiving America! We have a lot to be thankful for this year. The doormat Republican Congress is out and hopefully accountabiliity has been returned to our government. Donald Rumsfeld and Ken Mehlman are out also. That was definately the iceing on the cake.

While many of us are sitting around today watching football or parades, stuffing our faces with turkey, take a moment to think about the 35 million people in America who are "food insecure". That is right, according to the USDA, 12% of Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from.

This year the USDA decided to stop using the word "hunger" and start using "food insecurity", which they define as:
"prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation."

According to an article in the Washington Post:
The number of hungriest Americans has risen over the past five years. Last year, the total share of food-insecure households stood at 11 percent.

That means that since this time last year, 3 million more Americans have become "Food Insecure".

I reccommend that everyone who reads this bring it up during dinner tonight. Suggest to your gathered family that you take up a collection for your local food charity. Give someone in need in your community something to be thankful for this year.

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