Post #576 The Hungry Time

June 17, 2018 at 8:48 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My father passed away a few years ago so I don’t get to wish him a Happy Fathers’ Day anymore.  But I remember his legacy several times a year, and today is one of those days.  And what was is legacy, you may ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.

Like mom, Dad could not stand to see anyone hungry.  He was a Marine for a full career, and non-commissioned officer for a large part of it.  Weekends and holidays were always given over to working around the house and yard, or fishing, and drinking beer, and grilling in the back yard.  They always made a festival out of it.  Even if it was just burgers or hot dogs, there was always plenty of lemonade or soda for the kids, and plenty of good side dishes like tossed salad, potato salad, potato chips, etc., and usually a cake.  When corn was in season, there were ears of roasted corn slathered in butter.  At some point in the afternoon, the pool saw a lot of service.

There were always  one or two friends about, sometimes as many as ten.  It never got too rowdy, but it was typically loud and boisterous.  Dad would reach out to the guys and girls working under him and if they had not plans, they were invited to our house to relax and have fun.  Like I said, he couldn’t  stand seeing someone left out, or hungry.  I’ve seen him give his sandwich to a dog he thought was hungry.

That’s the legacy he and mom left behind, instilled in their children and grand children.  None of us can stand seeing anyone hungry without doing something about it.  My brother has people at his house constantly.  My sister sets out bread, cheese, fruit, vegetables, and nuts in the midafternoon on Saturday and Sunday and feeds anyone who shows up at her house.  And we’re always inviting people over to eat, or taking food to work.

But, and this is a big but, summer has started.

That shouldn’t be anything but happy for every kid in America.  Except for millions of them, it’s the beginning of the hungry time.  One in every five child in America is going hungry.  Schools have stepped into the breach and have fed breakfast and lunch and sometimes a late afternoon meal to millions of kids nationwide.  But schools are now out for the summer, and these kids are hungry.  Something as simple as toast is out of their reach.  Some communities are helping, some churches, but the efforts are not wide spread, not funded well, and need our help.

This is something I’ve written about before, and the message is still the same.  Your spare dollars can assist in reaching hungry kids.  And it can be easy.  Each time you shop for groceries, pick up an extra jar of peanut butter to put in the food donation bin.  Find out where food banks in your community are and volunteer to assist.  You don’t need to single handedly feed every kid in America, but if you can help with the ones in your area, it alleviates part of the problem.  I watch for any time I can donate a dollar, or box of mac and cheese, or a can of tuna.  It doesn’t have to be big.  It’s the small efforts, if everyone does it, that count.

All you can do is what you can do, so it’s time.  The hungry time is here, but it doesn’t have to be.  Thanks in advance for everything you can do.

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