“Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the people and responsibilities for world peace. We are our brother’s keeper.” George McGovern
“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
“I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time. I can only feed one person at a time. Just one, one, one.” Mother Teresa
According to Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, “more than 560,000 people in Arkansas are food insecure. Food insecurity refers to lack of access to enough food to support an active, healthy life. Food insecurity may or may not be a constant state for any given family, with some people going back and forth between having enough food to eat and not.” More than 200,000 children in Arkansas are at risk of hunger and not getting the food they need to lead healthy, active lives. More than 28 percent of children in Arkansas live in poverty. Nearly 30 percent of households with children in Arkansas struggled to afford enough food for themselves and their families in 2010. (FRAC Food Hardship Report-children)
According to the University of Arkansas Center for Community Engagement, one in five of undergraduate students that you might see walking on the college campus experience low food security, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
We can’t help fix a problem unless we know about it. Education and awareness are the first steps. Now we’re calling you to action to help your neighbors. LeadforOne is passionate about the events we do because we know that they directly help create a solution, a bridge, a meal in a stomach towards a hole that’s been getting deeper and deeper. It can be a struggle to comprehend the magnanimity of the issue when it is not directly your own; however, let that be a sign that you’re in a position to help others. Let there be a why, a reason, motivating and pushing you behind your every day.