Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Shortages at local food pantries

Nicole volunteered to write a guest post to call attention to a recent shortage at the city's food pantries. So, without further ado, here is Nicole's first guest post. Hopefully there will be more in the future.

Hello readers of Chungfood! Dave and Mabel have kindly let me act as a guest writer today. Given the devotion of their blog to food and the proximity of Thanksgiving, I recently found myself acutely aware of how often I am fussy about food, forgetting that having food at all, let alone good food, is a privilege. This awareness was provoked by news that there are severe difficulties at local food pantries. Food shortages and/or greatly increased demands have been reported at the city's pantries.

If you would like to learn more you can go to:

A Withered Harvest in the Bronx

Supplies Dwindle at Food Pantries as Financing Bill Stalls in Washington

Manhattan: More Hunger in New York

Since I know many people often donate to charities around the Holidays, I thought that perhaps some of you readers may find the food shortage a worthy cause.

Donation Page

If you are looking to improve your vocabulary, practice for GREs, or are just bored, there is a new, free way you can donate food to needy people outside the US. The United Nations World Food Program has created the website There you will find a vocabulary game, that adjusts to the appropriate level of difficulty based on your answers. For every word that you correctly define, 10 grains of rice are donated to someone in need. (There are about 1000 grains of rice in a cup, so you can quickly give a hungry person one meal by answering 100 questions.) Donations are paid for entirely by advertisers on the site.

Thanks very much Dave and Mabel for letting me put my 2 cents in the blog. Have a happy holiday season!

Update 12/1/07

More bad news about the nation's food banks.

Food Banks, in a Squeeze, Tighten Belts

1 comment:

David said...

That game is kind of addictive.