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Feeding Your Neighbor: No One Left Behind

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Planet Earth. It’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition. As our human population grows, there are many challenges that must be faced in order for each person to survive and thrive. Having access to healthy, affordable food for everyone undoubtedly makes one of the top spots on the list.

Almost one out of every nine people on the planet – about 795 million – suffer from undernourishment and hunger according to the World Food Programme at the United Nations. Developing countries wrestle with this problem the most, but it affects wealthy nations, as well.

Domestically, the charity Feeding America connects a network of 200 food banks, making it the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S. It reports that an astonishing one in six people of every age, race, and ethnic group across the country struggles with hunger. Backing this up, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that 49 million people in America live in food insecure households, 16 million of whom are children who aren’t reliably getting the nutrition they need to grow and learn.

Hidden logistical issues contribute to the problem. Many of America’s larger food banks require volunteers and other agencies to get the food they have on their shelves out into the communities in a timely manner. To run efficiently, they rely on smaller, niche-oriented charities to help distribute the food.

For example, the Orange County Food Bank in California estimates that 456,000 people risk going hungry every month in their county alone. Sadly, 42% of those are children. To meet the needs of their patrons, the OC Food Bank works with around 400 different local charities, kitchens and community organizations that cater to specific neighborhoods, groups, ages, and specialty niches in need of assistance. These charities help the OC Food Bank efficiently distribute the food they receive from USDA commodities, federally funded purchased food, and donated food.

The local nonprofit Official No One Left Behind stepped up 7 years ago to serve one of the most hunger-challenged communities in Orange County. Founder and President/CEO Joyce Hall, her son and Vice President Andre Roberson, along with several dedicated family members and long-time volunteers each work tirelessly to make monthly deliveries, providing their clients with literally tons of food through the years. They have made a tremendous positive impact on their community by rolling up their sleeves and making it happen.

Now, they’re expanding their charity to include the “Let’s ReThink Hunger” initiative that will be rolling out soon.

For anyone interested in helping the fight against hunger, join up here:

http://www.officialnooneleftbehind.org/

http://ocfoodbank.org/

http://www.feedingamerica.org/

 



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