“While we may be proud Democrats or proud Republicans, we are prouder to be Americans” – President Barack Obama
I recently watched a report on a popular news magazine show about a well known restaurant chain that was donating unserved foods to local food banks. The report also highlighted their food recycling process which provided additional meals to missions, shelters and after care programs. Each personal story about being hungry and receiving meals was very touching as well as heart wrenching. As I thought about this report and other making a difference stories, these words came to mind… Americans Will Step Up!
During this period of hard economic times and gradual recovery these stories are refreshing, infusing us with a sense of hope and shinning a light on change. Our normal way of doing business has certainly been challenged. As the restaurant CEO admitted to the reporter it would be cheaper to just throw away the food at the end of the night. But because of the enormous amount of people who face hunger in our country everyday this CEO decided that he needed to do something about this. He soon discovered that some of his restaurant managers had already started donating unserved foods to local food banks as ‘random acts of kindness’. This restaurant chain turned these random acts of kindness into their Harvest Program.
I too believe that for some of us we see ourselves as more than just a Democratic or a Republican but an American. We ultimately believe in change and hope for a better future ahead, not only for ourselves but for others as well. Our convictions and fortitude to help others and make a change or to simply “do what is right” will always guide us as Americans to step up!
*Everyday more than 50 million Americans are at risk of not having enough to eat.
*Each year in the United States 40% of our edible food is simply thrown away.
*Click on the link to view the Rock Center Video http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/47182744#47182744
Feeding America – Give A Meal
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Nearly 49 million Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. Many are working families, children and the elderly. Give hope to families and hope to communities. Give the gift of meals. http://feedingamerica.org/
Value others above yourself by humbly serving them (Philippians 2:3-4), give generously of your resources to those in need (James 2:14-17)
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