It’s utterly ridiculous, in a region as prosperous as the Triangle, to think that people go hungry. It’s true, but it doesn’t have to be.
For the past couple weeks, this newspaper and its sister community publications in the News & Observer family have been publishing stories about the plight of the hungry in our region and the efforts by some to help resolve the problem.
One in four children in our community will go to bed tonight hungry.
Imagine, for just a moment, what that means. A hungry child doesn’t think about studying. That means they are more likely to fall behind in school. And, without a sound educational foundation, their future is much less bright. In fact, it’s downright dark. Without an education, they are less likely to land a well-paying job. As adults, those children will be more likely to rely on public assistance. Perhaps they may turn to crime as a way to pay for the food they need to keep from going hungry. Feed them now and their options grow exponentially in the future.
Now go look in your own cupboard. Ask yourself if you can do without just some of that food.
The answer is yes.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a great place for you to visit tomorrow. Take that extra food from your cupboard and give it to them.
You can also take your non-perishable food to a local Harris-Teeter grocery store through April 20 as part of a program called Feed the Need, which is sponsored by The News & Observer and its affiliated community newspapers. If it’s time for you to go to the grocery store yourself, and your cupboards actually are bare, you can still help someone else eat by donating financially. Donate online at feedtheneednc.com or by mailing your check to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh NC 27609.