Today is Blog Action Day. I've participated since the first Blog Action Day, and I'm squeaking in for this year. This year's theme is food. One of the items of interest lately in the news has been food inflation. The rising cost of food, along with the fact that many people are still struggling due to the economy, means that food security is increasingly becoming an issue.
While I do think it's important to pay attention to what is happening on the other side of the world in terms of hunger, and I do think that we should be aware of the fact that the food disparity around the world is more a result of distribution than it is a result of scarcity, I also believe that we should look in our own backyards to see what is happening in terms of food security.
You might be surprised at what you find in your own hometown. Consider the food security situation in your city. Could you donate more to the local food bank? Can you volunteer at the local soup kitchen? Sometimes, it seems as though the world's problems are too big for you to tackle. When you start thinking that way, look around in your own hometown. Chances are that you can make difference in the lives of families facing food insecurity, right in your own backyard.
There is always something you can do.