As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, November 10-18 is set aside each year as National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.
Unfortunately, in the United States, one in six American families live below the poverty threshold. Fifty million Americans live in food insecure households, including more than 9 million children who go to bed hungry nightly. Three and a half million Americans will experience homelessness this year: On any given night 76,000 of those are United States military veterans. The findings of the annual USDA survey show that hunger remains persistent and widespread with households containing children.
The Community Kitchen, located in an area of concentrated poverty, collaborates with public, private and faith based organizations to provide nutritional meals 365 days a year. This service is critical to supporting special populations such as low and very low income households, elderly individuals, persons with disabilities, persons and families who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness, veterans and others facing significant barriers to obtaining and maintaining a living wage. Many organizations such as Lowe’s Food Store, Bi-Lo, Hard Rock Café, Santee Cooper Credit Union, Scott Mann at Broadway at the Beach, and local schools and businesses will be conducting hunger relief drives to benefit local charities.
Please remember those suffering from hunger and give generously to the Community Kitchen during this national awareness week of hunger and homelessness.
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The writers are co-directors of the Community Kitchen in Myrtle Beach.