The Soul’s Harbor Mission in Joplin, Outreach house and local church food banks are reporting that their shelves are at the lowest levels ever. They’ve all sent food to help in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and many shelters around the country are helping survivors directly so they will have an extra burden at the same time as donations are not coming in. I’m sure the situation is similar all across the country.
The great thing is that the American system of agriculture has produced abundant cheap food. The “problem” of feeding the poor is less of a problem than it’s ever been before and in the US there is literally no reason that anyone need ever be truly hungry. A few dollars can go a very long way, whether it’s dropped in a bell ringers bucket in a couple of months or spent on canned food and donated to a local food bank this week.