I was invited to participate in National Hunger Awareness Month with Bloggers Go Orange for No Kid Hungry. A big part of gardening for me is the ability to provide my family with fresh, homegrown food. I believe everyone has a right to healthy, pesticide free, non-toxic food. It is unacceptable that nearly 1 in 5 children in America are at risk of hunger and that that number is almost 1 in 4 children here in Bexar County. Because I was raised in a family of teachers, this stat really stood out to me-78% of teachers who see hunger in their class spend an average of $26.00 a month of their own money to buy food for their classroom. Find out more from the hunger in our schools teacher report.
Often times we can read these stats and gloss over them. We are so busy in our everyday lives and some of us may be struggling to support our own families. But these are real children, real neighbors with a real need in our community. Over the month of September, I am going to spotlight three agencies here in town working to alleviate hunger in our community; The Dinner Garden, San Antonio Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. I have made a donations to each in honor of National Hunger Awareness Month and invite you to do the same if you are able. Or donate some volunteer time, host a food drive, or grow some extra veggies. Together we can help make a difference in our community. If you are ready to get start now, the San Antonio Food Bank has a neat calendar for 30 ways to help during the 30 days of September. I just downloaded the Charity Miles app and I am going to try it out today. Please join me in the fight against hunger.