Yesterday I Was Hungry
Yesterday I was hungry. All day. But it was my choice. I fasted for Yom Kippur, which was my decision, one I make annually for a spiritual purpose. And every year on this day, when I start to feel the pangs and getting cranky and thinking, ‘I’m not going to make it. I’ll just have a quick snack.’ That’s when a voice in my head reminds me how privileged I am; it reminds me so very many people around the world go hungry every single day and they can’t get up and get a snack. They’re hungry because they have limited access to one of the most critical needs every living creature has… And so many of them are children. And right in our communities.
Of all the injustices in the world, I think hunger is absolutely, by far, the very worst. In our country, a place of extraordinary wealth, human beings are hungry. Their most basic needs are not being met.
I made a donation today to Philabundance. It’s what I do every year: contribute a little money (far too little probably) to organizations that help feed hungry people. My fast was by choice. Too many don’t even get the choice. #HungerActionMonth
Thanks to incredible Hunger Heroes like Anna — a local non-profit project director who shared with us last week why she gives to a hunger organization every September – and so many other hunger-fighting supporters, our Hunger Action Month goal of raising 30,000 meals in the 30 days of September is in clear view!
When you sit down for your next meal today, take a moment to reflect, as Anna did, on the injustice of food insecurity and the role YOU can play right now in making it right.