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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

American Children going to bed HUNGRY!

Definition of Hunger according to Webster.

     A craving or urgent need for food or specific nutrient
     An uneasy sensation occasioned by lack of food
     A weekend condition brought about by prolonged lack of food

Definition of Malnutrition according to Webster.

     Faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation utilization.

20 Facts that will make you think...

1.   21% of all children in the US were living below the poverty line in 2010.  In the UK and France that figure is well under 10%

2.   According to the US Census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by 2 million since 2008 economyincrisis.org

3.   Today 1 out of every 4 children in America are on food stamps.

4.   It is being projected that 50% of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their live before they hit the age of 18.

5.   Over 44 million Americans are on Food Stamps.  This is an all time record and that is more than 18 million more people on food stamps now than there was in 2007.

6.   48% of the 44 million on food stamps are children.

7.   Over 16 million children in Amercia are at risk of hunger.  That is 1 in 5 children.

8.   Feeding America's 2010 Hunger Study, says that their is more than 37 million Americans being served in either food pantries or soup kitchens.

9.   According to Feeding America, 50.2 million Americans live in "food insecure households" in 2009

10.   6 out of 7 children qualify for free or reduced prices for school lunches.  These children do not have current access to lunches during the summer time.

11.   Even with the high amount of people on food stamps, according to BBC, 15% of all U.S. households experienced a shortage of food at some point during 2009.

12.   Over 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.  (www.childrenhungerendshere.com)

13.   1 out of every 6 Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

14.   50% of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the U.S.  So this means that more children live in "poor" households than "wealthy" ones.

15.   There are approximatly 1 billion people in the world that go to bed each night hungry.

16.   A lack of food among pregnant women in developing countries result in 1 out every 6 babies being born with low birth weight.

17.   Approximately 28% of all children in developing countries are considered to be underweight or have had their growth stunted as a result of malnutrition.

18.   More than 3 billion people, close to 1/2 of the world's population, live on less than $2 a day.

19.   Almost 9 million children around the world died before they reached their 5th birthday in 2008. Approximately a 3rd of all those deaths were attributed to hunger and malnutrition.

20.   Somewhere in the world someone starves every 3.6 seconds and 75% of those are children under the age of 5 years old.

 Even though Bloomington/Normal has stayed "above water" during these hard times we still have hundreds of children going to bed hungry.

Why do we need to help those in need?  What does God say about this topic?

Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; 
the Lord will help them when they are in trouble.

Psalm 41:1 

If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs 
of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the
 darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:10 

If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, 
your own cry will not be heard.

Proverbs 21:13

God always keeps His promises; he judges in favor 
of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.

Psalm 146:6-7 

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. 
Defend the rights of the poor and needy,

Proverbs 31:8-9

Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, 
defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord 
and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:17

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord 
and he will repay him for his deed. 
Proverbs 19:17

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also 
ought to love one another.
1 John 4:9-11

"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, 
and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me 
into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing.
 I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me."
Then these righteous ones will reply, 
'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? And the King will tell them, 
'I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these 
my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'"
Matthew 25:31-40 NLT

So today...make a plan

Local food pantries...

Eastview Christian Church- 309-451-5060
Midwest Food Bank- 309-663-5350
Center for Hope Outreach Programs- 309-452-8240
City of Refuge Food Pantry- 309-827-4223
Clare House Hospitality- 309-828-4035
College Ave Baptist Church Food Pantry- 309-452-3359
Heyworth Community Food Pantry- 309-473-2223
Salvation Army- 309-829-9476
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church- 309-828-2571
Ministry and More Inc. 309-823-9804
Livingston County Community Pantry- 815-844-1039
Jesus House 309-820-9098
Home Sweet Home Missions- 309-828-7356
Temba Food Pantry- 309-827-2009
Union Baptist Church Food Pantry- 309-828-1162
United Church of Heyworth- 309-473-2223
Vale Community Church Food Pantry- 309-662-8508
Vineyard- 309-827-8292
Western Ave Community Center- 309-829-4807

Feed America

These are just a very few sites of places that goal is to feed the children in our own country that go to bed hungry.








I just want to let everyone know that I believe in taking action!  I also believe that people throughout the world need help.  So if your not able to get over to another country there are tons of people in your own community, county, state, and country that need your help!  Don't let another child go to bed hungry!