Helping Those Experiencing Food Insecurity

Global Hunger

Close your eyes and think. "Ice Cream. Pizza. French fries. Cake."

Are you beginning to feel hungry yet?

 

Hunger Defined

Everyone loves food. It is one of the three necessities of life: water, shelter, and food. I learned in psychology that food both motivates us and affects our moods.

We all are affected by the feeling of hunger, but how do you define it? Does it mean your stomach is rumbling or you need food?

Is there any way to measure hunger? Every living thing feels hunger, but the term food insecurity is used to measure the conditions that cause it.

 

Food Insecurity Defined

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, food insecurity means, “unable to consistently access or afford adequate food.” On a global level one in nine people face food insecurity. In America one in six people suffer from it.

One bad month can send a family's entire budget downhill. Working households can suffer when a car breaks down, a family member gets sick, or someone is laid off in a corporate downsizing.

 

Food Insecurity's Effect

People in all walks of life can fall into food insecurity. Most families suffering from food insecurity don’t qualify for food stamps or welfare, so they rely on food banks and price reductions for meals at school.

Living with food insecurity can cause health problems, developmental problems, and learning problems. Adults have to choose between bills or food; children have trouble learning and growing; and the elderly on fixed incomes have to choose between health care and food.

 

God's Word for Believers

God calls believers to help those in need. I went on a mission trip last summer, and we volunteered at a mission whose focus was giving to people’s material needs as a witness. We held a free garage sale in an apartment complex, delivered furniture to people in need, and prepared lunches for those who were hungry.

In James, we are called to not only deliver the Gospel, but to also help people physically.

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17 ESV)

 

How can you help?

Miss America says, “I would end world hunger.” But one person can’t solve one of the world's greatest problems alone.

Doing small things makes a big difference. You can organize a food drive drive at your school, volunteer at your local food bank, or work at a local homeless shelter. Many communities have systems set up for helping families get food.

How will you contribute?


By Grace Cain, 2019 National Acteens Panelist

 

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