Why It Matters To Learn About Hunger

It matters to learn about hunger so that you can help. When I say hungry, you probably picture somebody who is on the street, homeless, in torn, bland, beige clothing, curled up on a cardboard sheet. Not every hungry person is like that.

There are so many people in the world who are hungry and don’t have help because the government simply doesn’t think they are hungry enough. There is hunger on all parts of the spectrum, from people who have a house and a place to live but not enough food, to no home and wearing the same clothes today as a year ago.

When I first volunteered at a soup kitchen, I went around and served food to many people, as you do at a soup kitchen. About 40 minutes later, I helped my colleagues collect plates and clean up. I was so surprised to see food left on their plates. A few chips, or some tomatoes picked out of the salad were left in their bowls uneaten. My initial reaction was, “how dare you not eat this food? I can’t believe you came here and didn’t even finish it!”. Now I understand. Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to afford a meal for you or your family every day, you still have the right to taste and preference. If I saw a member of my family leave a few tomatoes on their plate, I would think nothing of it. But because these people were hungry, they weren’t allowed to do that? That’s not fair.

Many people don’t know about hunger or have preconceived notions about it.

If we were friends for a few months and then I told you I was hungry, would you think any differently of me? Would you not want to go over to my house or taste my food? Would I somehow be below you or not as good? That’s how many people feel without even meaning to. My challenge is to think about hunger a little bit more and be grateful for what you have. Thank you.

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