There are many people, maybe right next door to you, who had nothing for dinner tonight. Perhaps they've lost their job, have no money and can't go out and get anything to eat? Maybe they go to sleep hungry and wonder where their next meal will come from? There are children who's parents can't afford to buy food and depend on the schools to feed their kids. This isn't something that happens only in inner cities. It happens in our own neighborhoods.
Thankfully, there is a way we can help. Tomorrow is a day set aside to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Tomorrow is April Food Day!
Right here in Alabama the statistics are enlightening. AL Food insecurity rate 12.1 % Population 4,627,851 Poverty rate 14.5 % Child poverty rate 22.5 % Unemployment rate 7.8 %.
I'm sure they are comparable in other parts of the country too. The child poverty rate is what alarms me. So many poor and so many hungry children. They especially need our help.
I had a hot fudge sundae for dessert tonight. I'll have coffee in the morning and oatmeal for breakfast. I'm thankful for what God is providing for me. I pray that you too are grateful.
If you are able to share and able to give, please go to http://feedingamerica.org/ to make a donation. Just $1 will buy 7 meals or 10 lbs of food for someone who really needs it.
This is a photo I took from the Vulcan right here in downtown Birmingham. Sometimes it's hard to see the people in need, but they are there. So tomorrow, before you say "April Fools" to someone, say "today is April Food Day, will you help?"