November 13th, 2009

Sometimes my weeks have a theme, and this week’s theme is definitely hunger.  As we hear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I guess we are all thinking about those families who struggle to put food on the table.

The Greater Birmingham Community Partners 2009 Food Summit is taking place as I write this.  If you are in Birmingham, and want to take part in the Summit you still have a couple of opportunities – tonight there is a movie night at Urban Standard and tomorrow there is a community garden tour, lunch at Jones Valley Urban Farm and the first Growing Together community gardening class.

Auburn is also thinking about hunger during their Hunger Awareness Week.  Alabama Rural Ministries’ Lisa Pierce is living in a box this week to raise money and awareness about hunger in Alabama.  You can learn more about her efforts here.

While preparing for my talk yesterday at the Food Summit, I came across this survey from Ask Alabama.  A shocking 63 percent of adults surveyed said that they think “a lot” or a “fair number” of families are cutting back on meals due to the economic downturn.

If you want to help address hunger in your community, here’s a resource list we produced this summer for our Give Us This Day Hunger Workshop.  If you have other resources you would like to add, please leave them in the comments.

Posted by Kristina Scott