Blogging Out Hunger: Campaign Launch - We Can't Let This Bank Fail!
Posted Dec 20 2008 7:19pm
It was 1946 and Hungary, as nearly all of Europe, was devastated by World War II, including the small hamlet where my mother attended kindergarten. My mother's earliest childhood memories -- one of a very few that she will even speak of, I mean -- is the day the Americans shipped a case of peanut butter to her school.
Each child was asked to line up and receive his, or her ration of peanut butter and then it was my mother's turn.
"Eva, where is your bread?"
My mother shyly whispered into her ear that she didn't have any -- the bakery ran out of their allotment of bread, earlier that morning.
"Well, what am I supposed to spread the peanut butter on, the palm of your hand?"
Growing up, we were used to hearing such stories at the dinner table -- how, even in a big city like Budapest, my father was forced to steal to feed his younger siblings -- I don't think that my twin brother and I ever really understood how difficult it was for my parents.
Until, I got older and started raising a family of my own.
Today, I'm not ashamed to admit that we lived a frugal life and that my parents chose to accept the charity of strangers, to ensure that their children would never know that kind of hunger.
Although, I'd love to go back in time and teach that bitch of a school teacher a thing, or two -- compassion, for starters -- I believe that doing something nice, for someone else, helps the suckage in my life feel, you know, less sucky.
Besides, the goal is to
get 100 New Jersey bloggers spreading the word about the desperate need
that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to the increased demands being put on New Jersey food pantries.
Well, one out of every five New Jersey families does not earn enough to
afford the basic necessities of housing, food and child care although 85 percent of these households have at least one family member who is working. Only 6 percent of them receive welfare.
C'mon, it's New Jersey - how bad can it be?
Okay, have you gone food shopping lately?
Here's one simple thing that you can do to help and, I promise, it won't hurt a bit.
Please look for the $1, $3, & $5 donation slips at A&P, Food Basics, Foodtown, Genuardi’s, Kings, Pathmark, ShopRite, Super Fresh and Wegmans.
100% of your generous donation in the stores or at http://www.checkouthungernj.org/ will come back to the Food Bank and make a real difference in the fight against hunger in New Jersey.
Check-Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising campaign and the
donations at the reporting retailers are 17% down from last year.
I mean, it only takes $1.00 -- less than what I would find on a good night of couch diving for change -- to join the fight against hunger and poverty.
Don't believe me -- that's okay, nobody in my house ever does -- just look, over 100 of my fellow Jersites are Blogging Out Hunger:
Or, especially if you're having difficulty finding your holiday mojo, perhaps you'd consider digging, stumbling, or giving my humble attempts at Blogging Out Hunger a thumbs up on kirtsy, therefore, decreasing the surplus suckage in the world.