I am not really a crier. I, today, had to hold back tears and fight to keep from crying in front of a room full of 10 year old kids.
We were discussing hunger as a world issue and what the truly, desperately, hungry people of the world go through- and it made my stomach hurt, my chest hurt. I cannot fathom being a mother of kids and hearing my children cry and not be able to feed them.
Feeding my children is something I, as a mother, am biologically, drawn to. I make milk for my babies and feed them from my body, the same way I grew them in my body. Not being able to feed one's children and watching them suffer must be absolute agony for a mother.
On a humorous note, while we were watching a video on the hungry babies and children, I let down milk. Lots of milk, and leaked. It is as if my body's instinctual response to hungry babies and children is to produce milk-- milk makes everything better.
We are extremely blessed. The times my kids are hungry is when my kids have decided they did not want to eat what I had. It is not from a lack of food. It is not from a lack of shelter, heat, and sanitary conditions. Its because my children have never truly known hunger. To be honest, neither have I. I have starved myself as a function of an eating disorder- never from lack of actual food.
So what can we do as a group or as individuals? We can't realistically ship boxes of candy overseas to impoverished people. There are a few reasons for this one being that when a body is starving- reintroducing complex foods and fat to a person is not a good idea- their bodies cannot process it. As a body starves it starts consuming itself for survival. In critically malnourished people- careful nutrition in easy to digest forms is critical. Additionally, how many people who live in abject poverty have a refrigerator, pans, cutlery, a can opener, a stove? Food needs to be easy to prepare and store.
Also, throughout the world there are people who do not eat certain foods for religious reasons.
One organization that I have been impressed with is Feed My Starving Children, they pack nutritionally dense, easy to prepare, ship, and store food worldwide. One thing I am not clear on is that, as a Christian organization, does it serve people who are not Christian? Do they require bible study or anything as a condition for receiving food or service? I have asked this question of them and am awaiting a response. My personal belief is that the food should be available for everyone, no questions no demands- everyone is deserving of food- not just Christians. So before I commit to supporting this organization, I need to figure that out.
Do you know of any other organizations that are helpful and are open to supporting ALL people?