I have done it! Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly important to me to find time in my life to become involved in efforts to assist those experiencing food insecurity, particularly in my own community. So I said good bye to my job and reorganized some of my household responsibilities to find the time to pursue this endeavor.
I started by doing a bit of research on the topic of food insecurity in America. While I wanted to understand the problem nationally, I wanted to focus my help locally. I looked around in my own community to determine what assistance was available for those without enough food. I discovered two food pantries and I have contacted them about volunteering my time. In addition to helping immediately by volunteering with existing programs, I want understand where gaps in the assistance that is currently provided exist and propose solutions to fill some of those gaps.
To assist with that goal I have started this blog. With this blog I hope to connect with others who are similarly concerned about food insecurity. These folks might be running a program helping people get the food they need. Maybe they, themselves are experiencing food insecurity or know someone who is. Or maybe, like me, they are just someone who has reached the boiling point and said enough.
In addition to a chronicle of my experiences, I hope this blog will become an exchange of ideas. A place where others can offer suggestions and insight. I want to know what has been successful as well as what didn’t succeed and why. I welcome all points of view as long as they are presented respectfully. If you have made it this far and you are still reading, I hope you will join me. I believe that when people work collectively, great things are possible.