We heard a story recently about a little boy. The boy wasn’t wealthy but he and his family were doing pretty well. He was the pitcher on his baseball team and one day he took a break to eat an apple. While he was snacking, another boy walked across the playground and asked what he was going to do with that apple when he was finished with it.
“What do you mean?” the little boy replied.
“What are you going to do with the rest of it?”
“Throw it away.”
“Do you mind if I have it? I’ve never had an apple.”
That exposure to hunger behind his Little League baseball field stuck the boy. His name is Alvin Bagwell and today he is the director of the Good Samaritan food bank in Chattahoochee, Georgia. This year Good Samaritan helped about 75,000 people in that community put food on their table.
We got to spend some time with the Good Samaritan team and were struck not only by their commitment but also by the chronic hunger that many people in America face. Here are a few crazy things we learned:
- In the U.S., 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger.
- 1 in seven people in the U.S. access food banks to help meet their needs.
- 48.1 million people live in food-insecure households in the U.S.
(Facts from Global Hunger Relief (a partner of Good Samaritan). Check them out and learn more about the work they are doing to alleviate hunger.)
We’ve been around the world, and while it is always sad to meet people struggling with hunger, it somehow seems more shocking when it is the people next door. Chronic hunger impacts your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, and even other players on your Little League team. Hunger is a big problem and it is going to take all of us working together to solve it.
We are thankful for people like Alvin, the Good Samaritan team, and Global Hunger Relief who recognize this hunger and are working to do something about it.