It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without being helped himself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most innocent among us are most affected by a family's financial hardships and can be the most endangered by hunger.
28.8 percent of Georgia's children live in food insecure households
According to the 2014 USDA Economic Research Report, an estimated 14% of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2014, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Food insecure families live in fear of being hungry, and don't always know where they will find their next meal.
Your next door neighbor may go hungry tonight. The family down the street may not have enough to feed their children. The child who forgot to bring her lunch to school today may not have any lunch to bring. For decades we’ve been seeing images of starving children and families from the other side of the world, but the sad truth is that hunger is right here in our own communities and neighborhoods. It’s a silent epidemic, and it has been growing more prevalent as the economy has been struggling over the past several years.
Unemployed and under-employed families are finding themselves in more need of help than ever before, and more people are looking to the local Atlanta food banks and assistance organizations for at least one good meal each day. In fact, the Greater Atlanta Food Bank served 25% more people in 2012 than it did in 2007 with the same or fewer resources.
The good news is that you can help! Dan's hunger fund is still active and accepting donations to help feed Atlanta's hungry.