Red Eddies Take the Lead to Fight Hunger

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

America is a land of plenty, but for many, hunger is a scary reality. One in six people in the United States face hunger every day. Hunger is a problem that everybody may face in their lifetime. Many may know somebody that faces food insecurity, or will sometime in the future.

As reported previously, Edward Little High School has recently founded a food pantry which is open to people in our community and for kids at the school. In all honesty, this is probably one of the best things Edward Little has done in a long time. It’s not just helping out teenagers at the school, but also their families and anyone else who is struggling to put a meal on the table for their families.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.9 million children in the US “live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.” That’s a scary thought. There’s also 16.1 million, or about 22 percent, of children in the U.S. living in poverty. It is a proven fact that in the first three years of life, nutrition is essential for proper development. Not being able to provide the correct nutritious food for children may not just leave their stomachs empty, but may have long term effects on their physical and mental growth as well.

I couldn’t imagine having to face hunger and not knowing if there will be a meal on the table for me when dinner time comes along. Being a teenager, playing sports, working, and going to school five days a week, I know that I am basically hungry at all points in the day. It would be a scary reality to know that I couldn’t do anything about that hunger, that there would not be enough food in the house to support my family and I. What this food pantry can do is eliminate that fear from teenagers’ minds. We have enough to worry about. We shouldn’t have to worry about food and not getting enough to eat. Having this food pantry will tremendously help children focus on school and being a child, not worry about where their next meal is coming from.

As winter creeps up on us, families are going to have to start being more concerned about heating their homes. I know that I always hear my Mom nagging at me during the winter to make sure all windows are shut completely, and to make sure to not keep the door open for long periods of time due to the heat escaping the house. She always reminds me that oil prices for heating homes seem to always be rising, and that it cost an “arm and a leg” to heat the house. So, just imagine… If a family living in poverty had to worry about heating their home, where is the money for the food? Most likely, it is nowhere. That is another reason why the Edward Little food pantry is a necessity.

Edward Little would be foolish if they weren’t planning on keeping the food pantry open everyday. Hunger doesn’t just affect people on the Mondays we all dread, or the Friday nights we all look forward to. It doesn’t take a day off. Hunger affects caucasians, African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and every other race, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If all EL students stepped up and donated even a little food to the food pantry, we could help so many families. Let’s be honest, wouldn’t it feel nice knowing that you helped put a meal on the table for a family in need? So, just put yourself in their shoes, and think about how you would feel if you were overwhelmed by the thought of food being scarce. Wouldn’t you want someone to step up and help you out? Wouldn’t you want the support to make it through the tough times? If you would, then you should donate to the food pantry.

 

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