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June is National Hunger Awareness Month

Unemployed construction worker Jesus Torres, 41, asks for money with a sign that reads "I'm hungry" in Pamplona, Spain, on Friday, April 30, 2010
Unemployed construction worker Jesus Torres, 41, asks for money with a sign that reads "I'm hungry" in Pamplona, Spain, on Friday, April 30, 2010
AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos

The Bible states that the poor will always be among us (Deuteronomy 15:11). Could you be among them? Are you among them? Have you ever had to pray that food be avaiable - instead of praying thanks for what you are about to eat? As an anorexic teenager, My ribs protruded. I weighed as much as a child half my age. There were days when my intestines felt as if they were being held by a wrench.

Today I met another homeless person during my travels. Have you ever seen the struggle of another person and thought, "Were it not for the grace of God, I could be in this person's situation?" Maybe it is God who has spared you from starvation, or from Cancer, as was Mr. Robinson. Maybe it is God who spared you from that car accident that almost happened, or did happen and you walked away from it unharmed. Have compassion therfore.

Matthew 25:34-40 KJV

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

June is National Hunger Awareness Month. With June 2010 approaching, it is not too early to be a "good neighbor" to persons in need in your community. Shelters and food banks need commodites to help meet demands this summer. Summer months can be brutal for homeless families and children without food. Spending the night in hunger is never easy.

Need a Food Drive Idea? Help fight hunger and be a "good neighbor." Kids can  help too!

Kids Against Hunger of Des Moines is 501(c)(3) organization with a national packaging network including its New Hope, Minnesota headquarters, a packaging division in Mankato, MN and satellites in nine states and Canada, including the Des Moines location. Kids Against Hunger of Des Moines provides meals with a stable nutritional base. Their international network including countless volunteers, helps recipients move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency.

Your contributions to Kids Against Hunger of Des Moines are tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law. Every penny donated to Kids Against Hunger of Des Moines is used to purchase ingredients and supplies to package and ship meals. They have zero overhead, or additional administrative costs! This means every penny has power to stop hunger! A single meal provided to a starving child by Kids Against Hunger, costs just .25 cents!

This penny-power-point got 31 Women thinking with their network, which is growing across the US. When is the last time you got a quarter back from a cashier? Wth this morning's cofee? After lunch? Maybe while you are reading this on your iPhone!

31 Women issued a challenge on Facebook for every person reading their post to give at least .31 cents to Kids Against Hunger. That is almost a meal and a half at a quarter each. Of course, people should feel free to give more. The goal is to show that once again, when you have the will to make a difference, there is a way. Are you taking the challenge? Invite your friends to join your campaign for kids. Share your success with 31 Women!

Kids Can Recycle, too!

Kids Against Hunger of Des Moines also sponsors an ongoing can and bottle drive. All proceeds help cover costs of ingredients for weekly meal packaging sessions. Drop off recyclable cans and bottles that qualify for a deposit refund in the state of Iowa at Holmes Automotive Group at I-80/35 and Hickman Road. There is a bin within the fenced area that reads, Cans for Kids. For more information, call (515) 253-3149.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. II Corinthians 4:15 KJV


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