Today marks the most anticipated day of the year at FEED headquarters. It’s World Food Day, and we are celebrating the 2 million meals our community (YOU) collectively raised this fall through FEED Supper.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared tips on how to host Suppers, signature recipes and DIY ideas, and sneak peeks into some of our favorite gatherings for good, all with one goal: To bring people together around the table to truly share a meal. Food helps us stay healthy, strong and focused; it’s what enables us to thrive. And, in the world we live in today, no one should be forced to live without it.
If you donated to FEED Supper this year, you joined the fight to end hunger. Half of the meals you gave will help children around the world, and the other half will support families here in America.
Here are some of their stories.
Meet Kim and Pete: Hunger to Hope in America
A few years ago, my husband left his job to go overseas with the military. When he came back, he couldn’t find work. He has political science and criminal justice degrees – not to mention his military background. Yet, he searched and searched and nothing was to be found.
I’m a massage therapist – I own my own business – I try, but I don’t make enough to feed a family of three. So it was rough for a while. We applied for food stamps, and were thankfully able to get the basic staples we needed.
Last year however, our food stamps were cut. We lost $29 a month – which is a lot when you’re living on practically nothing. It was at that point that we started using the food bank. It allowed me to fill the gap the cut left, and make sure everyone in my family got enough to eat.
It’s a shame that after serving our country abroad, my husband had such a rough time coming back. But I’m grateful we had support to get us through. After a year and a half of looking, my husband recently got a job working security at a local college. It doesn’t pay much, but it does provide free tuition – a benefit he’s taking advantage of by attending nursing school. Nurses are in high demand, so I know things will get better. The road to recovery hasn’t ended quite yet, but for the first time in a while, I can finally see that it will.
[photo/story: Feeding America]
Meet Inrojit: School Feeding in Bangladesh
Half of the meals we raise through FEED Supper will be donated to the World Food Programme to fund their impactful school feeding program, operating in 62 countries around the world. Meet Inrojit, a boy from Bangladesh who is able to grow, learn and thrive because of the free school lunch he receives everyday from WFP.
Inrojit lives in a small village in the Shyamnagar district of Bangladesh, where most of the population consists of small farmers. Because of flooding, farming has been difficult over the past few years, and food has sometimes been scarce for Inrojit and his friends.
Inrojit loves going to school and takes his studies very seriously. He has dreams of becoming a doctor. “I want to heal pain and make people happy,” he says. The nutritious meal he receives at school keeps his parents incentivized to send him, and gives him energy for his favorite activity—playing outside with his friends!