Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hungry Heart

This is scary.

An advocacy group warned legislators today that hunger has spiked as they presented a study that found that the number of Massachusetts residents going without food has more than doubled the last three years.

Project Bread found that the percentage of hungry Bay State residents has surged to 18 percent from 8 percent in the last three years. The numbers were part of the group's annual Hunger in Massachusetts report, which it released today after presenting the findings in a PowerPoint presentation at the State House.

Well, if they presented it in PowerPoint, it must be comprehensive!

Anyway. During this time of year, it's easy to get excited about all the food you're going to eat, complain about being too full, and complaining about the two-month-long gorgefest that is the holiday season. But do keep in mind that there are people all around you who are going hungry. I had a month or so where I worried about being able to buy food, and it was frightening. It's easy for a person to fall behind and not be able to buy food for themselves or their families. Please consider making a donation to a local food bank during this holiday season so a family in Massachusetts or Rhode Island can enjoy the sensation of being full.

Rhode Island Food Bank.

The Greater Boston Food Bank.

Project Bread.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

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