Friday, June 1, 2012

Hunger

Lately the subject of hunger has been something I've been thinking about.

I read The Hunger Games awhile back. I was crazy about those books. The theme of hunger is discussed in every book. (If you haven't read that series, I highly suggest you do.) At some points the main character, Katniss, is so hungry she becomes practically delirious.

As I mentioned last week, I've been reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series, as well.  (My thoughts on this series could go on and on - but I'll spare you that, for now.) The subject of hunger is also touched on. The male lead, Christian Grey, is deeply affected by his childhood. During a portion of his childhood Christian was not cared for and was starving. In addition to other traumatic events, the hunger caused deeply rooted issues for this guy.

I am fortunate enough to not understand hunger. Sure, I've missed a meal here and there and my stomach ached. But I don't know what it feels like to not eat for days on end. I don't know what it's like to wonder when or where my next meal will come from. I can barely stand being hungry for more than 10 minutes - I don't think I could last feeling hungry for days and days.


According to Feeding America, unfortunately, 1 in 6 Americans is dealing with hunger on a regular basis. In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure homes.

I think when people consider hunger, we immediately assume people are only hungry in third-world countries. I was shocked to read the statistics above. Here, on our own streets, in our neighborhoods, people are struggling to eat and feed their children.

At this point, you might be wondering why I bring this up at all. Typically all of my posts are happy-go-lucky and light hearted. But recently I watched a feature on Epic Meal Time. It was highlighting the popularity of these You Tube stars. GB and I have watched these videos and laughed our heads off. I even named an old post, Epic Meal Time in homage. If you've never seen a video - basically, these guys make ridiculous burgers and meals with pounds and pounds of the most unhealthy food. You can watch a popular video below, but I warn you, it may not be safe for work!



Yes, it's done in a humorous manner. I laugh. But since I've been considering hunger lately - I can't laugh anymore.

When kids are hungry in our neighborhoods why is it so funny to waste this food? It's gluttonous and wrong.

Do I waste food? Yes. Often, when GB and I cook, we make too much food. We always wrap it up and try to eat the leftovers - but I find myself throwing away more food than I would like. That's something I'd like to work on.

I know I will have critics and I'll be told to chill out - but I don't want to chill out.

I was hoping when I visited The Epic Meal Time website - that they would have a blurb on offsetting their gluttony by directing visitors to websites like Feeding America. But they don't.

The good news is we can contact them. We can let them know that they should encourage their viewers to donate to programs that help eliminate hunger. As soon as this post goes lives - I will be sending them a direct link to this blog post. I ask you to contact them as well - by clicking here. Tell them their videos are funny and we don't think they have to stop. But with popularity comes power, and with power comes responsibility.

I hope they will direct their viewers to the following websites where people can donate to help eliminate hunger. I also hope they donate some of their profits to these organizations as well.

Feeding America

World Food Programe

FAO



4 comments:

  1. There is a billboard I pass frequently with the picture of somber little girl and it says "Hunger Prevents Learning." It makes my heart stop every time. In case our education system isn't troubled enough, many children have to navigate lacking education and difficult social situations without enough to eat. I really appreciate this post and your emphasis on being more responsible with our own food usage. Everyone should remember to check out local organizations that help fight hunger - I know Lighthouse of Oakland County and Gleaners Food Bank are great organizations in Metro Detroit :)
    http://www.lighthouseoakland.org/
    http://www.gcfb.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pg_gleaners_feeds_kids

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    1. Thank you so much for links for Southeast Michigan! I appreciate and agree with your sentiments!

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  2. Having worked on projects with Feeding America I can attest to what a wonderful organization they are. There are so many people, children and adults, who do not have anything or enough to eat. People ask what they can do about it. Well, there are plenty of ways to help. Donate products or your time to a food bank, volunteer at a soup kitchen, contact shelters, reach out to abused women shelters, your local school system may have a program you can help with,churches have ministries, etc... What seems like a little to you may be the world to someone else,

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    1. You are very right about what a big impact something small can have! Thanks for your thoughts!

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