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Food Insecurity

This past spring, as more and more people began to lose their jobs, I wondered how people would make it financially in the middle of a pandemic. As the servant leader of Ministry in Motion International, I released a memo asking single mothers who had lost their jobs what assistance do they need during this pandemic. Immediately many moms began to respond, stating they do not have money to cover their rent, and their children were hungry. Soon, people came forward and sowed seeds to help pay rent and to purchase food. 

Here we are nine months later and find that 50 million-plus people are in need of a coronavirus relief package. Yet, Congress is far from passing something that would be substantial and make a difference in the lives of people who are facing eviction, foreclosure, car reposition, mounting of debt, and food insecurity. 

I grieved as I watched a branch of government who has the power of the purse rush through a supreme court nominee but soon went home to enjoy family and friends under the roof of million-dollar homes, eating some of the best quality foods and drinks while nestled comfortably in their beds. Aren’t we all Americans? Why is there food insecurity when candidates of both parties spent billions on campaign ads during our most recent election? Yet, we are slow to help people in financial hardship due to a pandemic where we have no control? 

During my 100th episode of News in Motion, my team and I donated $500 to help those Americans facing food insecurity. Someone came along and matched those funds. On Thanksgiving, we continued to give money to help those, especially children who are starving. 

On November 30, 2020, I celebrated 29 years of marriage. Today, I am asking you to come alongside me by sowing $29 to help provide food to those who are hungry.

Allow me to share some numbers with you, which leads me to my reason for asking you to join me.

Feeding America reports, “Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 17 million children.

On May 26, 2020, Forbes reported that in 2018, around 11% of U.S. households reported they were food insecure at some point per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – meaning they were without reliable access to a sufficient amount of quality food. As of April 2020, the percentage of households deemed food insecure was estimated between 22-38%. 

From my ongoing research, as of today, the percentage of households deemed food insecure is estimated between 38% – 44%. 

NPR says it this way. “Nearly 1 in 4 households have experienced food insecurity this year. Even before the pandemic hit, some 13.7 million households, or 10.5% of all U.S. households, experienced food insecurity at some point during 2019, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That works out to more than 35 million Americans who were either unable to acquire enough food to meet their needs, or uncertain of where their next meal might come from, last year.”

They continue their report by sharing, “As of June 2020 in a pandemic: 27.5% of households with children were food insecure — meaning some 13.9 million children.”

Being a Black woman, I paused as I continued to read the article by NPR. I began to cry when I read these words, “Additionally, Black families are twice as likely as whites to face food insecurity according to USDA data, 19.1% of Black households and 15.6% of Hispanic households experienced food insecurity in 2019. COVID19 has nearly doubled the number.” 

Again, those in Congress who were hired by voters to have the power of the purse are failing us as Americans. As a citizen of the United States of America, I have a purpose and passion for helping by loving my neighbors as myself. Won’t you join me? 

I am asking you to come alongside me for Giving Tuesday by giving $29 and help Americans who are staring hunger in the face and find themselves suffering during a pandemic that is not in their control. All funds raised will go directly to helping supply food and NOT towards operations. 

You may give through CashApp $MIMToday

or via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=M34ZH4AXM8KXA

Thank you for coming together to help Americans facing food insecurity.

Here’s a message from Gail: https://youtu.be/7FYsqnHYKz0

#FoodInsecure #America #GivingTuesday

NPR: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/27/912486921/food-insecurity-in-the-u-s-by-the-numbers

Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/research/coronavirus-hunger-research

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2020/05/26/number-of-food-insecure-households-more-than-doubles-as-food-banks-struggle/?sh=7ed94fb310b5

USDA: https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/key-statistics-graphics.aspx

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