President’s Service Blog: Relieving the Hunger

As we near the end of the year, many people around the world gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali or other cultural holidays. Very often those celebrations involve the preparation of big meals, with everyone sitting around a table, enjoying food and fellowship. Sadly, that is not the reality for many families.

There are millions of people who don’t get enough to eat. And it isn’t only in developing countries. Consider the following statistics from the United States in 2009:

  • 49 million people in the U.S. lived in households without enough food.
  • Households with children were twice as likely not to have enough food.
  • 4.8 million U.S. households used emergency food from a food pantry at least once that year.

Other developed nations around the world are experiencing similar statistics. In South Africa, Lions have been fighting to reduce hunger by providing meals for more than 37 years. You too can engage your community in hunger-related activities.

In December and January, let’s shine our Lions light on relieving hunger. With the global economic downturn, more families are finding it difficult to put food on the table. By supporting hunger relief organizations and local food pantries, we will address the hunger problem on a regular basis, not just during holidays. Collect food and nourish people today so they can find the strength for a healthier and happier tomorrow.