October 16th, 2006

Thanks to two posts on Foreign Policy‘s Passport blog, I’m reminded that today is World Food Day. I think that most of the blog-reading world has very little clue what it’s like to live with hunger — I know I don’t. It’s easy to say that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps, that it’s parents’ responsibility to do right by their children, and so on . . . and much harder to turn that into reality for people who simply don’t have enough to eat from day to day.

Ponder the lead question from World Food Day’s site: “Why are there still 400 million hungry children?” We have plenty of food to go around.

This story reminds us that Comrade Kim’s worst depredations have been against his own people.

This quiz on world hunger from the BBC is sobering.

My church here in Austin does many things well, but the thing I’m proudest of is its strong record on feeding the hungry, not just by donations to faraway lands, but directly, by feeding hungry people who live right here in our city.

He replied to them, ‘The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.’

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