Feed the Hungry

    NATIONAL FOOD BANK DAY

    When you wake up on the first Friday in September make a commitment for National Food Bank Day to contribute to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry.

    Hunger may be as close as your neighbor or your coworker in the next cubical.  Bare cupboards and empty stomachs look just like yours and mine behind closed doors.

    Food banks across the country help some of the 42 million men, women and children who struggle with putting food on the table. The reasons range from illness to job loss and a general change in circumstances. Circumstances that can happen to anyone of us.

    For parents struggling to make ends meet, the ability to look their children in their eyes over a meal instead of into hungry eyes is a difference made by supporting food banks.

    Food banks fill the gap for those living on a meager budget. Many food banks offer educational opportunities that help people change their situation and begin anew. Often, those who have benefited from the programs return to volunteer and contribute to the very food bank that staved off hunger to do the same for others. — HT: National Calendar

    Being hungry is not fun. I remember when our family served in Liberia, West Africa, that feeding others was a daily part of our lives. So many were starving and you could not help all of them, but we did what we could with those who came to our door every day.

    Sadly, there is hunger in America as well. Far too many children and adults struggle to be able to eat two meals a day, much less healthy meals.

    As a realtor and a pastor, it has been our privilege to help in different locations here in Cheyenne, including at the Comea Shelter. My wife and I made the decision this last year to go and volunteer with our young children in tow. My girls gamely stepped up to a table and helped to feed about 100 individuals. It was a great lesson in learning to be thankful for what you have.

    September starts the season where we have holidays quickly approaching. Think about stepping out of your comfort zone to help those less fortunate than yourselves.

    Grateful on this Friday,

    Mark Escalera – Cheyenne Realtor

    307-286-0396 — Mobile phone

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