Hunger isn't a seasonal issue
Looking back on our college years many of us laugh about living on ramen noodles or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; some of us as children can think of creative meals our mom made, which somehow stretched the little food we had in the house to feed the whole family. Whatever our situations were as children, young adults or college students, we found with perseverance, faith and the support of friends and family, we somehow we got through those times. It may have been many years since we’ve worried about where our next meal might come from. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many in our own community.
Around the holidays many will reflect on their lives, the opportunities they’ve had throughout the years, and count all their blessings. Contributions to organizations that feed the hungry usually see a spike in donations because many realize just how lucky they are, and make the decision to help another who may not be as fortunate. We would like to call attention to the need to help our neighbors, not just around the holidays, but throughout the year. Hunger isn’t a seasonal issue. Rather, it’s a battle that some wage all year long.
Last week the Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution declaring September “Hunger Action Month” in Anchorage. A startling statistic in the Assembly resolution noted that “45 percent of Food Bank clients choose between paying for food and paying for rent.” The thought of our friends, neighbors and co-workers going home to empty cupboards is a sobering reminder that we can all make a difference in someone’s life.
The Sleeping Lady Lions are proud to team with Fred Meyer in Eagle River to collect food donations for our community. Hunger is a real problem within our community; we may not see it first hand, but it is real and together we can make a difference. No matter how small the contribution, we encourage all who are able to drop your food donations throughout the month of September at Fred Meyer, and your local Lions Club will distribute the food to the food banks in the Chugiak and Eagle River area.
For more information on Lions visit www.lionsclubs.org, or call Lion Amy at 301-9179.