From the refugees in Syria to children in Africa & Asia to low-income families in your own city, the reality of not having enough to eat is present today for 870 million people around the world.
For many though,especially in the United States, it is a concept that many never experience. For those who do, it is not a struggle they should face alone.
Picture the elite of society enjoying the choicest of foods while the lowest in society don’t know from where their next meal is coming. This juxtaposition is not meant to demean the upper class lifestyle, but to be a simple call to action for giving, just as classic stories such as Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” depict.
The majority of the world’s hungry reside in developing countries, twenty of these having one quarter of their population suffering from malnourishment, including Haiti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Yemen Republic, Zambia, & Sudan.
Significant progress is being made to diminish the number of hungry in the world. According to José Graziano da Silva, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime.” This is only achievable, however, if we are all taking part in aiding the 870 million.
Many organizations are making efforts to do just that, but the reality of participating for the standard, overcommitted, overwhelmed individual may not be as accessible as their initial desire to help.
The #LetsReThinkHunger Project from the Official No One Left Behind Organization has made it simple.
The organization’s system is a Robin Hood concept of sorts. Taking from the rich to feed the poor. The difference lies in the government’s food banks (the “rich”) partnering with ONOLB (the “Robin Hood”) to take their resources and distribute them to low-income families in each food bank’s community (the “poor”). The process is taken care of. All you have to do is go online, choose your level of support, and you can touch families’ lives from your home by putting food in theirs.
As you plan your next grocery trip, don’t forget it just takes one visit to www.LetsReThinkHunger.com from your computer, mobile device, or tablet,to ensure a struggling family is also able to have groceries. #LetsReThinkHunger is not only a call to support, but a challenge to remember every time you feel the pangs of hunger before you sit down to a delicious meal, there are billions globally who don’t have a meal waiting for them.
NBA PLAYER INVOLVEMENT
Andre Roberson of OKC (Oklahoma City Thunder)
NBA players have one of the most sought-after lifestyles the world has to offer. The NBA, its players, and its sponsors participate in numerous off the court philanthropic efforts through the NBA Cares campaign where some superstars have their own charities and others simply work with community organizations throughout the league, teammates or the cities they’re in. Witnessing multi-million dollar athletes giving their time and money back to their communities is incredibly moving and heartwarming.
With avenues such as NBA Care set up for the players to give back to the less fortunate, one might presume that with any given cause or charity in which a particular player had an interest there would be a direct line set up for them for people to give. At times, however, it can be difficult to know exactly where your support is going and exactly how it’s being used.
The collective of NBA athletes and others in the public eye who go above and beyond to help those who cannot help themselves are those who seek out specific charities they believe to be doing the most good and in need of the most help, both nationally and globally.
In doing so, they employ their image, acclaim and income to help catapult those causes into the limelight, all in an effort to rally others to the cause. These talented philanthropists are helping to reshape the idea of charity and our society’s approach to the many concerns our world faces today.
Right now, in 2015, some of these All-Star humans, not only skilled athletes but also innovative humanitarians, have come together to support an international issue: the hunger of children and families. With their help, your help, and a myriad of like-minded others, we can all, together, #LET’S RETHINK HUNGER.
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