Mom . . . I’m hungry

As a mother I am sure you can relate to the following scenario: Mom enters kitchen to find pantry door wide open, refrigerator door open and standing in the coolness of the fridge a child searching high and low for . . . something to eat. I am fairly certain you have also heard your child say these four famous words, “There’s nothing to eat.” It can be very frustrating to hear these words come out of your child’s mouth when you know there are boys and girls who truly have nothing to eat, let alone have the luxury of being choosy.

It is heartbreaking to see pictures from around the world of hungry children who are not guaranteed to go to bed with a full tummy. The thought of world hunger relief can be very overwhelming. Where do we start? How can we help? I believe before you can go global you need to address local too. We need to ensure that we are aware and engaged in meeting the needs of our own community.

Is there purpose and a need to help globally? YES! The challenge with children is for them to have a tangible, relevant experience first to better understand the abstract. Before they can understand how and why the children on the other side of the world need our help, they need to make a connection with children they can see and talk to.

Our community has a Buddy Backpack program that many area churches participate in to collect food that goes home with children on the weekends. The children have also helped to collect grocery items for our local food pantry. The shelves in many of our community food pantries cannot stay full; the needs are greater than the donations. I encourage you to contact your local food pantry, social services, or sheriff’s department and see how you, your children, neighbors, and friends can help relieve the hunger need in your area.

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:17 NIV).

Jenn is a wife and mother of two boys and one girl, she enjoys putting puzzles together with her kiddos, watching reruns of Friends with her hubby, and trying new recipes. She has a passion for encouraging women to live on mission. She also writes of the adventures with her “people” (children), at

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