Hunger in Perspective: Giving to Second Harvest

January 5, 2017

Imagine for a moment……

You’re the provider for 3 children.  Two are boys ages 11 & 13, and there’s a little girl who’s 8.  You are fortunate to have a job, but your pay is minimum wage.  You always scrimp and stretch, but sometimes there’s just not enough to pay the bills and still have food on the table. Thankfully, all of the kids get a warm breakfast and lunch at school, but there are times when there just isn’t enough money to provide supper and meals on the weekends.  Your church helps as they can, but you’re not the only one struggling.  You always eat last in hopes that your children will have enough to at least keep their tummies from growling.

Can you imagine the heartbreak and worry that would come from not being able to provide the basic need of food for your children?  Where would you turn?  What if you had no family, no resources?  There are many, many people in this situation and frequently we cannot tell by looking at the outside what a person’s true struggles are.  I pray that you are blessed enough not to have the worry of meeting this basic need for your family.  I also hope that you will prayerfully consider sharing your wealth with those who are less fortunate.  I know that many give to church, Samaritan’s Purse, Salvation Army, and so many others.  If you happen to have extra change laying around or would like to give, but haven’t decided where, consider sharing with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Here are a few facts about hunger and Second Harvest’s work:

  • 1 in 7 Middle Tennesseans struggle with hunger every day
  • 7% of Middle TN residents are food insecure-this means they are unable, at times, to access enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • 22% of children in Second Harvest’s 46 county service area are food insecure
  • Each donated $1 provides 4 meals to feed our hungry neighbors

It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference.  As we celebrate all of our blessings and the many things we have to be thankful for, may we remember that there are others who are less fortunate. 

If we take action, WE can impact their lives!

Luke 3: 10-11
And the people asked him, saying “What shall we do then?  He answered and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that has meat, let him do likewise.” 

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