Did you know that:
• One in eight Americans is at risk of hunger?
• Four million Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each week?
• Children who are hungry have slower emotional, social and educational development?
• Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night?
For many people, the economic crisis has become personal and critical. Here in Metro Detroit, many of our neighbors have become jobless, homeless, and hungry. Statewide, the food insecurity rate is 12.2 percent. Sadly, this is nearly matched by an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, one of the highest in the nation.
Today, bloggers across the country are joining together in an effort to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in America. We are participating in this effort by asking those of you who can do so to consider making a donation to Feeding America, formerly known as Second Harvest. Feeding America is a national food bank with 200 member banks nationwide. (If you are in the Ann Arbor area and you need assistance, please contact Food Gatherers. )
The need is urgent and your help is much appreciated.