Times are tough. You don’t need me to tell you that. We all feel it in one way or another. But the simple fact that I can take the time in my day to write a blog posting means that I am still decently well off. I’ve got a computer, electricity, a roof over my head, and I know where my next meal is coming from. At least for now.
And the simple fact that you can take the time in your day to read this posting means that you are still decently well off. You’ve got a computer, electricity, a roof over your head, and I’m willing to bet that you’re not concerned about where your next meal is coming from. At least not yet.
Not everyone in Oregon can say that.
Hunger is an omnipresent problem in our society regardless of the economic trends. When times are good, there are too many people who can’t afford to eat, but when times are bad—like today—there are many, many more people who need help from those who can give it
It is up to me to help. I can afford to give my help.
If we all said that to ourselves—if we all believed it in our souls and lived it with our actions—we’d have a better society, a more charitable culture, and far fewer people in need.
It is up to me to help. And up to you.
Here’s how: Click on the Blog For Food logo and contribute to the Oregon Food Bank. It is that easy.
The Oregon Food Bank is the hub of a network of 915 hunger-relief agencies through Oregon and Clark County, Washington, that are struggling to respond to the unprecedented number of requests for emergency food aid being precipitated by the economic downturn.
The Oregon Food Bank is extraordinarily efficient in their work. Less than 5% of their spending goes to administration—yet that administration moved 30.7 million pounds of food for hunger relief last year. Oregon Food Bank volunteers donated 650,500 hours of time to help feed the hungry (the equivalent of 793 full-time employees). And more than 200,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes provided by Oregon Food Bank organizations.
Food bloggers around Oregon have been organized by Tami Parr (Pacific NW Cheese Project) and Kathleen Bauer (Good Stuff NW) to help raise a goal of $5,000 from the Northwest blogosphere to support the Oregon Food Bank.
Won’t you help?
Click on the Blog for Food logo and give what you can—please!
On the donation page, please look for the "Tribute in Honor of:" section and enter "Blog for Food."
It is up to all of us to help—especially those of us who make the pursuit and study of food and wine in our region part of our avocation or vocation.
Thank you for helping!