What do you think of when you hear the word charity? Do you think food - I didn't.... not until I began working with people who were truly hungry. Hunger has always been an annoyance to me... not a problem.
The Francis House food pantry began in 2007 with a 10,000 pound donation of food through the US postal Services Letter Carriers Food Drive. Very quickly - within two months - that donation was gone. Very quickly we learned that the need and demand outweighed the supply. The food we distribute became the main source of food and while we helped to reduce the hunger among our clients, we have not been able to eliminate it.
We have said before, more and more clients are depending on the food we provide as their main source of food. Our food pantry has near empty shelves and our hygiene items have been scarce. The donations coming in through GlobalGiving have given us hope that people do realize that not everyone has access to three meals a day.
As you think about where you want your hard earned money to go, know that every penny of these donations goes right to putting food on someone's table. Justice is being done.
"Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice." Jacques Diouf, Food and Agricultural Organization Director-general
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