Hunger News 10-17-10

“Gone with the Wind” is one of my all time favorite movies. The scene that sticks in my memory is where Scarlet is scavenging in the fields for roots to eat and she looks up to the heavens and shouts “As God is my witness I’ll never be hungry again.” For 850 million people on earth, hunger is a way of life. Chronic persistent hunger is a silent day to day killer which takes the lives of 20,000 people daily, ¾ of which are children. Not only does it shorten lives, it weakens bodies and affects their ability to fight disease, and it has a negative impact on brain development in children. When there is famine, the world responds, but famine only accounts for 10% of deaths. Who could ever forget the picture of the emaciated Ethiopian baby sitting in the road being patiently eyed by a vulture? However chronic persistent hunger doesn’t make headlines, as it is a common ongoing problem.

October 16-17 has been designated as World Food Day by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The aim of this day is to raise peoples’ awareness of problems in food supply, distribution and security. One successful program has been developed recently is the Telefood Microproject whose aim is to help small scale farmers improve community access to food and to improve farmers income. This problem has had a positive effect in developing countries especially in empowering women and providing them with the means to educate their children.

The community of St. Maurice is a light shining in the darkness of world hunger. For over thirty years we have been contributing over $130,000 annually to hunger projects here in the United States and around the world.  We fund  school lunch programs, food for the elderly poor, food banks for migrants, food for orphans  and meals for the homeless. At our September 27th Hunger Board meeting we held the annual review for the Manna Share a Meal Food Pantry located in Davie , Florida. The project leader, Kim Kuchar informed us that the food bank supplies life sustaining meals to our neighbors in need, which include: grandparents raising grandchildren, the unemployed, single parents, the disabled, and the ill and homebound. Kim told the board members  that there is an ever increasing need for food by so many families in these turbulent economic times.  She told us that the funding from St. Maurice Hunger Program makes a positive difference in so many people’s lives.   This project receives $3,200 annually and was renewed at the present level of funding.

Every St. Maurice parishioner is a member of the Hunger Program. The only way we can continue to feed the poor and bring clean water to the thirsty is by the commitment of all the parish community to our mission. Fifty per cent of the profits of Country Fair are given to the Hunger program, so it is so important that we all get involved and do all that we can to make it a success. Can God’s poor count on you?

The Board of Directors of the Hunger Program