Would a cup of latte taste good right now? Or a scone? Maybe one of those one-baked cookies the generous co-walker brought in this morning. If you’re at home, the kids are gone, you’ve read the paper and now it’s break time. Forget the diet and go for it. Because you can.
As you munch and sip spend a minute thinking not so much about your waistline or your gut but about the millions of Americans – the people you know from work or church or child care drop off – are hungry – really hungry. Consider that their kids, having missed a healthy breakfast, are struggling to stay awake, much less to learn. Then think for just a minute about how much food goes waste – not waist –each day in our community.
October 16 is World Food Day, a day to commemorate the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The global observance aims to raise levels of nutrition around the world, focusing on improved food production, changing agricultural policy, appropriate technology and
“a neutral environment to discuss issues around food production.”
Closer to home a host of food-related organizations are joining forces to prepare for the national feast of Thanksgiving by urging local advocates to join the Walk to End Hunger. The goal of the Walk is to “give back before giving Thanks.” Minnesotans may participate by walking at the Mall on Thanksgiving morning (7:00-10:00), by donating money, or by sponsoring a walker and/or designating a specific program. Walkers may form or join a team to support the cause or a specific food shelf. The common goal is to walk together and in the same direction.
So, enjoy your break – you deserve it. And so do those in our communities whose health and learning skills depend on others. The theme of the Walk says it all
Help others first. Then help yourself to seconds.