Food for Thought on Hunger

June 5, 2006 — Leave a comment

I spoke on Hunger yesterday.

Our congregation collected food for a local ministry we support (The B.A.S.I.C. Street Ministry) that ministers to homeless people in Orlando.

It was an emotional day that I won’t soon forget.

Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day ( http://www.hungerday.org/content/index.php), so we set aside a Sunday to focus on those who are both physically and spiritually hungry.

Here are some of the stats we found:

  • 38 million Americans in the USA are living on the brink of hunger.
  • 14 million children live in households that sometimes have difficulty providing enough food.
  • 13 million children live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger.
  • 852 million people across the world are hungry, up from 842 million a year ago.
  • Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five seconds.
  • In the developing world, more than 1.2 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 per day.
  • Among this group of poor people, many have problems obtaining adequate, nutritious food for themselves and their families. As a result, 815 million people in the developing world are undernourished. They consume less than the minimum amount of calories essential for sound health and growth.
  • More than 180,000 people have died from hunger and disease during the past 18 months in the the Darfur region of Sudan.
  • Every year 15 million children die of hunger
  • Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger

Kind of makes you lose your appetite doesn’t it?

I challenged the people in our congregation to skip lunch tomorrow and send the money (plus a little extra) to a ministry that meets people’s physical & spiritual needs.

Maybe you could join us?

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