The New York Times reported today that ffood stamp demand is the highest in the program's history. If you have been wondering whether the recession was real or not--don't wonder any longer. Job layoffs, rising prices, and generally less income have caused this increase. As we wrote in our blog of December 14, 2007 food banks and other community sources will be maxed out if we are not careful.
In a hopeful sign though, the lawyers of Richmond, Virginia have taken on food collection as one of their charity projects. Getting professional groups, religious organizations, corporations, as well as nonprofits thinking about hunger is key to addressing the need short-term but also investing in its long-term solutions.
Call someone today about the hunger situation in your community--United Way, food banks, even the larger churches will know. Think about a school project, one can for admission to a local baseball game, anything that will help fill the shelves of people who cannot even afford to feed their families.