What is terrible when you are hungry is that you are not able to think of anything other than food and your next meal. And when you are a hungry kid, it is more terrible because you don’t understand why your tummy hurts so badly, and why everything hurts:
Morris County is one of the richest counties in the United States and New Jersey is one of the richest states in the union, despite the Great Recession - and yet, we still have families, couples and children going hungry. Hunger is not just for those “overseas,” it’s in your backyard.
Did you know that 900 000 New Jersey residents rely on Food Banks and Pantries for assistance. We are proud to note that the Church of the Saviour is an active participant in the Faith Kitchen ministry that helps to feed our neighbors in need.
There are 40,753 households or nearly one quarter of Morris County residents who are struggling, with 8,837 (5 percent) living below the U.S. poverty line and 31,916 (18 percent) falling into the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) population.
I have been hungry. A long time ago, but I do remember, always. Giving to the Faith Kitchen and the food pantry is just a way to remember that any of us can fall into hunger tomorrow because of job loss, medical expenses, or a divorce, with children to feed first.
When you give to the hungry, you respect your oath as a Christian and you receive more than you give.
May God bless you,
My sincere gratitude to Caroline Bucquet for editing this blog.