What’s on your neighbor’s plate?

Hungriest States of America

#9 North Carolina: 15.7% According to the Food Research and Action Center, Winston-Salem is the metro area in the U.S. with the most “food insecure” families, or households that have a hard time putting food on the table. “You say ‘hunger’ and people think of children in a third world country. They don’t think of the person next door,” says Tammy Caudill of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. “But it is the person next door.”

Taken from http://takepart.msn.com/fighting_hunger/?section=gallerylong_4#section=gallerylong_4

If you use simple logic on this one, and everyone participated and helped their neighbor we could ease this crisis.  Everyone has a neighbor.  Some are four feet away between city building and brownstone windows.  For some their nearest neighbor is 15 miles east on the next farm.  BUT we all have at least one.  Wasn’t there a great command to love thy neighbor as thy self?  If you were hurting, and needed medicine or food, in today’s climate of self sufficiency, the very effective YOU would see that YOU got it.  We should all think the same about the people who live near us.

I have been fortunate to have (for the most part) excellent neighbors throughout my life.  I wish there were more time to spend with them.  Back when folks sat on their porches in the evening to unwind from the day, we knew more about each other.  We could share our burdens and in doing so find out that our burdens are similar, that they are our common ground more often than not. 

When we had one of the worst hurricanes in the last 20 years to hit our town, Fran I believe it was, our neighbors cooked together and ate together from the collective freezers as things thawed up.  It was several days if not weeks before some folks got power back, so we had to share, no we were able to share our water, our shower, our cook stoves and refrigerators.  Did this mean that we quit trying to do for ourselves, and expect others to care for us?  Certainly not!   In times of need, rise to the occasion to do the thing that most will not.  Show up.  Have some good food with you, and the most important thing of all, a nice smile and a good ear.

It is amazing how much good can come from doing simple things.


One thought on “What’s on your neighbor’s plate?

  1. Wow, Ginger, you really made me think about this one. You are so right; I never considered that people living just a short distance from me were having problems putting food on the table. You’ve opened my eyes!

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