Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No joke...



THIS is such an important cause. I find myself passing out the Luna bar shoved deep in my purse to the man at the freeway on ramp, holding a sign with a request for money. I have given out bags of dog food to the lady who has a cute pooch, holding her own sign with a request for food or money - my theory, It's not the dogs fault. I never give money, ever. Food is a different story, food is love, it is nourishment both physically and emotionally. Listening to NPR on Monday, they spoke about how 3 of every 10 homeless adults were in the foster care system and "Aged out" meaning that while these homeless adults were in the foster care system they were never placed and at age 18 they essentially became ineligible for foster care. Fortunately, today there are companies that offer transitional services for these kids, one that I know of here in Riverside servicing this demographic of kids who have the responsibilities of an adult without absolutely any support, both in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and was started by a classmate of mine at University of Redlands.

The link above will take you to the April food day blog where I learned...

One in eight Americans are at risk for hunger?
Four million Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each week?
Children who are hungry have slower emotional, social and educational development?
Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night?

It is so critical that those of us who are not in this position help those who are. So many people who never thought they would need food assistance are now asking for help from their local food bank. They have lost their jobs through the massive down-sizing's and layoffs. They have exhausted all of their resources. Elderly people on fixed incomes are finding that costs are out-pacing their incomes

Make a difference, every dollar counts - DONATE TODAY!

2 comments:

Bridget McGee said...

I had a teacher who shared her foster care stories with us at the end of one of our classes. It was really painful for her and she cried through most of the story. When she was 18 she somehow got someone to let her live in a jail cell when she wasn't at high school. Crazy! She was probably one of the best teachers I ever had.

jamie said...

thanks for the info. This looks like a really great cause