In 1996, the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed to protect organizations from liability when they give good faith donations of food for charitable causes. For most
people, this might not seem like a milestone event, but for Steve Brady it was all the motivation needed to put his plan into action. (more…)
As the summer winds down, so does my internship. I can’t help but wonder what college is going to be like when I return. Who’s going to be living in my residence halls? How long is the walk to my first class? What will my senior year be like? But for one in five school-aged children in America, they are wondering what will be served for lunch on the first day back. That’s because one of every five children in our rich and prosperous country is food insecure—they don’t know how or when they will receive their next meal.
Prior to joining the No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador program, I was not aware how widespread the issue of childhood hunger was in my community and in our country, nor was I aware of its devastating effects. I thought hunger was something that occurred in other places, to other people. But as I embarked on my Youth Ambassadorship, I quickly began to learn about and understand the negative impact hunger can have on children, families and communities. In the United States, 14.5% of families are food insecure, but in the state of Texas that number jumps to 18%, according to USDA’s Household Food Security Report. Nearly 1 in 5 Texans (4.41 million) are living in poverty. As a student at Baylor University, I was compelled to do more to address this silent epidemic.
I always talk about volunteering at the food pantry and how giving back is fun for me. I grew up in the Caribbean and as a child, my family always had food on the table, but many people in my village did not. My parents constantly gave back, feeding people and every Sunday we would have a community dinner for everyone. They always stressed to me the importance of sharing—they told me that if I have something, I should share it with those who don’t. When I moved to the United States, I carried my parent’s words with me and continued to help my community.
Northwestern Dining knows the importance of giving back to our community. We are involved in many initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of those around us, not only on the Northwestern University campus, but also within the Evanston and Chicagoland communities. One partnership that I work closely with is the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University.
“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving…”
Ah, summertime. Long days filled with friends, freedom, fun—and for millions of children in America, hunger.