Tuesday, June 05, 2007,1:17 PM
Feed the Hungry
Today is Hunger Awareness Day and America’s Second Harvest is teaming up with ConAgra Foods to mark it. The tandem is making it easy as a simple mouse click for you to provide four bags of groceries to those who are in need.

For each click, ConAgra Foods will donate $1 to America’s Second Harvest equivalent to 4 bags of groceries - up to 60,000 bags. It’s never been easier for you to help your neighbors in need! (and yes I know there are environmental and human rights issues with ConAgra, but as I've mentioned in other recent posts, I'm going to support justice wherever I can).

Click here -


35.1 million Americans do not know where their next meal is going to come from. One in every five children are born into poverty. Almost half of the low-income families that utilized a food pantry in 2001 were working families with kids.

So click the button to do your part! And then consider doing something more.
(HT - Faithfully Liberal)

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posted by Julie at 1:17 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


4 Comments:


  • At 6/05/2007 09:04:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

    Julie, your button wasn't working.....:(
    Here's the link for anyone else who's reading this before you are able to fix it.
    Click to Give

     
  • At 6/05/2007 09:35:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    Sorry about that, link fixed. I still don't understand the autoformating and changes the new blogger does with direct upload pictures...

     
  • At 6/10/2007 08:45:00 PM, Anonymous tatiana

    I think I understand where you are coming from, about wanting to support justice.

    However, in reality, what ConAgra is doing is not just. Not just because they are an "evil corporation", but because the food they distribute is inherently damaging to the earth and to the poor. Growing more of it to feed hungry people might look like an act of service or selflessness, but it is likely perpetuating the destructive industrial agricultural methods that fuels companies like ConAgra.

    ConAgra will likely distribute corn-based foods for this special hunger drive, because most foods in America are corn-based (corn-fed meat, corn syruup, corn starch, etc. not to mention an array of stabilizers, preservatives and such). The seeds for the corn used to produce all of these foods have been developed by large corporations using completely unsustainable farming methods including genetic modification. Then it is grown in huge huge huge fields doused in lots of pesticides and herbicides which will pollute soil and water long after the corn is harvested. And even more, the same corporations who produced the seed have proceeded to enter nearly all of the poverty-stricken pre-industrial nations in the world, undercutting local corn prices and forcing third-world farmers to become dependent on American corn because it's cheaper than growing their own. Because the corporate corn is patented and protected by lots of expensive lawyers and bureaucracy, the farmers then are forced to buy corn from the corporations each year rather than saving their own seed.

    Hmm. It is not a just system at all. Even something that looks like care for "the least of these" is just a ploy for ConAgra to improve its public face and for financial support to be given to the industrial farming it depends on.

    Sorry for such a downer, but I think that is important to dig into all of these facades and extract ourselves from deceptive and violent systems.

    If you want some good resources on food and seeds and such, first read The Omnivore's Dilemma (such a great read) and then check out any of Vandana Shiva's books, as well as The Corporation movie and The Future of Food.

     
  • At 6/10/2007 09:02:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    Tatiana - I am aware of all those issues and will continue to work to try to change the system. But my question to you is - are you willing to let people starve in the meantime because the world isn't perfect yet?

     

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