Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Faces of Hunger

We're in the process of putting the finishing touches on a partnership with God's Pantry in Lexington, KY. I was recently at their facility in Lexington, and had the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful work they do.

I am absolutely amazed that so many people, especially children, are going hungry in Kentucky. In the modern era we produce more than enough food to feed every person on the planet. I understand that infrastructure, political factors and wars prevent us from getting food to some places around the globe, but I just can't understand why a child in Lexington, KY would not have enough to eat.

There are many reasons why someone would need the services provided by God's Pantry. Unemployment is increasing, utility and gas prices going up, and other economic factors cause families to have to choose between food and other necessities. I understand that with my head, but my heart is a different story. And when you factor in kids, I don't care "why" anymore I just want to know "how" to get food to them.

They told us stories about children they believe don't eat unless they are at school. That means children regularly go 2 days without eating. One of the programs God's Pantry provides is giving non-perishable foods to these children to take home with them and "stash" or share with their families.

I'm astounded by the fact that starving children could be as close as the house next door.

Learn more about the hunger problem in Kentucky by visiting God's Pantry at And stay tuned. Very soon we will be announcing how you can get involved to feed the hungry in Central Kentucky.