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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 7B .Food donations offer chance to spread health and wellness All around our country, include nourishing, i annual food and toy drives nutritionally dense :are moving into full swing in nonperishables -- such as . this season of giving. So it lentils, canned tuna or : seemed fitting that along with salmon, peanut butter all the talk about Black without added oils or sugars, brown rice, quinoa and Friday and Cyber Monday, we C-FORCE should add to the kidney beans -- in place of i conversation Giving Tuesday, HEALTH AND FITNESS pantry rejects. : which happened Dec. 2. CHUCK NORRIS People with food allergies Started two years ago by the or celiac disease often can't United Nations Foundation, fred donated food they can this effort to utilize the being full; it's being healthy." eat. Gluten-free foods are Internet and social media to Shockingly, 1 in 7 greatly needed, as are increase holiday donations to Americans visited a foodallergen-free items. If you : worthy nonprofits around the pantry in 2013, according to a donate such products, make • world generated $19.2 million national survey conducted by sure they are marked clearly ilast year. Feeding America. Among in large print to help : And if your annual giving them are the elderly, single volunteers get the right food :includes your local food bank, parents and veterans. Though to the right people. : know that your gift is needed great strides have been made Not only do many food : now maybe more than ever. to reduce the number of banks accept nonfood items , Feeding America, a leading homeless veterans in recent but also there is also a great : national clearinghouse for years, nearly 500,000 remain need for them, for they can't food donations -- with a on the streets, according to be purchased with food : network of 200 food banks the Department of Housing stamps. across the country -- is and Urban Development and Among needed items are seeing a 30 percent increase the Department of Veterans soap, toilet paper, feminine this year in requests for Affairs. hygiene products, diapers and emergency food assistance. Because so many of thesepet food. Make sure they will Before you make that people in need are also be accepted by your local food donation, I have but one struggling with diet-related bank before you add them to • request. Ponder for a moment diseases, such as diabetes, your donation. the nutritional labels of the hunger relief groups areFar too many of the hungry :can in your hand. Then think putting a much stronger in America are children. Try ' for a moment of the emphasis on providing to include in your donation at wonderful opportunity before healthful food and facilitating least one item you'd choose as you to use your gift of food to good eating habits, a treat for your kids. open up a world of better food Instead of using food banks There are many places i choices for people in need. as an opportunity to clean out available to fmd out more "It's not enough to fill our cabinets, there is aabout the foods needed for empty stomachs," says resounding appeal to donation, among them the hunger specialist Ruthi Solari providing those who haveFeeding America website about this year's giving. "The fallen on hard times with the ( i opposite of being hungry isn't foods they need. These foods But it is also high time we came to terms with the "In the United States, hunger provide for themselves. We greater reality here: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of need jobs that pay enough for in America is not just a food. There is more than a family to live on. It is about seasonal problem, enough food to feed everyone, not a handout but a leg up. As pointed out by the We have the infrastructure to It is our moral Christian nonprofit group deliver it. There is a network responsibility. Food is a basic Bread for the World, poverty of interstate highways and a need. That so many people go in the United States has been trucking industry ready to without enough to eat in this measured for decades, but move mountains of food dally nation of plenty is unjust. measuring hunger, or what wherever it needs to go. The God's grace in Jesus Christ the U.S. government calls supermarket store shelves are moves us to help our "food insecurity," is a more stocked to the ceiling. But neighbors. Let us use this recent phenomenon, none of this matters if holiday season to remind Today approximately 49 customers have no money in ourselves of the greater task million people in the United their pockets. Poverty spoils ahead in confronting the States live in "food-insecure" every meal." crippling problem that is households, with nearly 16 This is not just an issuehunger in America. million of them being that affects the homeless. children, according to Many of our neighbors during Write to Chuck Norris September Department of these hard times have been ( with Agriculture data. Wherever forced to choose between questions about health and fitness. poverty exists, hunger exists paying for utilities and food. as well. Families become Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris Says Bread for the World: hunger-free when they canDistributed by or all your cons ruction needs General Building Contractor Calif. 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