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Dying For Food In the Land of Plenty: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 22, 2013

Merely Statistics

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

Statistics are a crapshoot on the best of days. The fact is we really cannot give a definitive answer to the question “how many suffer from hunger in the United States?” Still, we can at the very least look at these statistics and admit that there is, indeed, a problem.

As of 2010 there were 47 million Americans living in poverty and 17.2 million households living in hunger. According to the experts, hunger in America can be attributed to an economic system that does not include the poor within its working plan, a political system that has for far too long catered to big business and special interest groups, and racial inequality.

Again, these are just statistics and clinical explanations, the results of surveys and studies, fodder for the intellectuals and the elite and the politicians and the movers/shakers, none of whom suffer from hunger. Perhaps if they did….if they felt the physical effects of hunger….perhaps then answers would turn into solutions and solutions would become action.

Consider the following if you will.

One in seven people around the world suffer from hunger
One in seven people around the world suffer from hunger | Source

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The Effects of Hunger

Jake finds it hard to concentrate most days. The nutrients needed to feed his cognitive system are missing. He suffers from anxiety and mental impairment. Simple facts he has known for years elude him and his intelligence is, in fact, reducing. Psychiatric issues are becoming apparent.

Mary is having difficulty with her vision. She is sorely lacking in Vitamin A and she can no longer see objects far away with any clarity. Soon her periphery will be affected and reading will be difficult.

Bobbie has trouble eating anything because her gums are bleeding and her teeth are decaying from calcium deficiency.

Lawonda is lacking calcium, iron, protein and Vitamin B, and as a result her heart is beating at a lower rate, making even the slightest physical exertion a task of monumental proportions. Her oxygen levels are down and decreasing daily.

Malcum notices that his skin is drying out and flaking because he is lacking Vitamin A and does not have proper hydration.

And Others

James suffers from chronic joint pain because of a lack of protein. His muscles are, in fact, shrinking and weakening, making walking a major chores.

Tammy is ten and has stopped growing. Her bones lack sufficient calcium for growth and eventually she will have brittle bones that can easily break if she is “lucky” enough to reach adulthood.

Brett notices his hands and feet are tingling; this, of course, is due to the lack of Vitamin E as the nerves begin to shut down and cause loss of control and feeling.

Oliver’s immune system is breaking down, leaving him a target for a number of diseases, all because of a lack of necessary vitamins and minerals.

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And on and on We Go

The lower legs are swelling, man, and I can’t stop the pain. My heart is pounding, my heart is failing, my heart is growing and my heart is weakening. Hard to catch my breath most days; there doesn’t seem to be enough oxygen in the air.

It’s hard to pick things up now; I keep dropping them. Can’t feel my fingers and I stumble a lot because my toes just don’t seem to be there any longer. I vomit a lot lately, most time dry heaves, and I swear I’m hallucinating at times with strange movements that distract me and confuse me. Bob, he went into a coma last week and never came back. He was a good guy, Bob, and a friend of mine.

My stomach keeps swelling, man; what’s up with that. The free clinic doc says it’s edema, whatever the hell that is. All I know is the diarrhea won’t stop and the smell of death is constant, and the peeling and white spots of skin, and my hair is changing color and falling out, and damn I can’t gain any weight and I’m getting weaker.

Is this how it all ends? Is this my destiny?

I was so happy once. I ran wild as a kid, not a care in the world, the wind in my hair, my hair flowing, and strong, my God I was strong, I could work like an ox, and mom and dad said they had never seen a kid as bright as I was. It all came so easy…..and then…..

I don’t know, man; I just don’t know. Seems to me tracing it all back it was just one large cluster if you get my point. One wrong decision after another. I’m not blaming anyone; shit, what good will it do? Won’t change a damn thing now will it? The blame game is for losers and I ain’t no loser; I’m just a guy and I’m hungry, and the shadows are falling and day is turning into night and I think…hell, I know…that the end is near, and then Bob and I can play checkers again when I join him.

And maybe that’s for the best. I’m just a burden on society now; at least I have a chance to start over if I just die and move on to the next life. Bob has to be at peace now, right? I mean he can’t still be hurting after death, right? God I hope not. I hope when I take my last breath I will wake up at a huge damn banquet table with hot dogs and twinkies, buttered rolls and roast pork, cheeseburgers and a great bottle of wine. That’s what I hope!

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Merely Statistics

God I hope not! I hope I never look at the hungry as just a number in a ledger, another way to justify government funding for another study. I hope I never look at the hungry as an annoyance, or as an eyesore on the streets of my city.

“I don’t know why they just don’t get a job and quit begging for money on the street corner.”

There but for the grace of God go I. Well my friends, I’ve gone there, done that, been hungry and become acquainted with hopeless, and thank the heavens someone didn’t give up on me. The hungry are not statistics. They are human beings who once had hopes and dreams and visions of a better life. Now those visions are just hallucinations, and their hopes are for a painless death that will come sooner rather than later.

In the Land of Plenty who will care for the hungry?

In the Land of Plenty who will care for the hopeless?

In the Land of Plenty who will care for the incapacitated?

“But they aren’t my problem, man! I’ve got my own problems and I can’t be bothered.”

And I submit to those who would say those words that the day the hungry are not our problem is the day we have lost our humanity.

I would submit to those who would say those words that when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, it is the problem of all of us, and it is most assuredly our responsibility as moral human beings.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Raising awareness one person at a time.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you always have a way when you share on this topic and others that are heavy hitter, too. Thank you for always just putting it out there bluntly and succinctly. Very much appreciate this and have totally shared this all over. Thanks as always again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, this is not the way to write for money but it is important nonetheless. If people don't raise awareness then problems will just continue. Thank you for always being here so quickly.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I see a cycle and the cycle makes me very sad. One person can and should break it for another. A cool fact you gave shows only 47 million suffering. doesn't that mean that if only one in three helped one other the situation would be resolved?

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, in this once most powerful nation in the world, there is no excuse for even one person to be malnourished.

      We give billions of dollars to countries who hate us. Countries that steal at least half of this money before any of the aid gets to their people. This is not a secret, those giving away our money are fully aware of this fact.

      All we hear about on the news these days is about Obamacare. Yes, everyone in this country deserves healthcare. If we cut out even half of the corruption and total waste of our money most everyone in this country could have "free" healthcare.

      We have lost our way and many now view the government as their savior. I'm glad that I grew up during the times when our own citizens looked out for one another rather than depending on some idiot in government.

      So much of this could be easily fixed, yet it will never happen with the "business as usual" attitude of our elected representatives.

      You are correct that it is our responsibility as moral human beings to help those in need. And that is how it used to be. Until the majority wake up and realize our government is not going to do this for us, we will always have people going hungry in this country. Food stamps provide a means to keep someone's heart beating, but that doesn't mean they are receiving the proper nourishment.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, one of the most grotesque comments anyone has ever said to me was this:

      One time when I had been clipping coupons and saved up a bunch of free stuff. I'm talking about shampoos, razors, soap, and more. I had 3 tall plastic shelving racks in the basement where this stuff was stored. I'm related to one of my neighbors. I walked over to give her some green peppers from my garden because she loves to cook with them.

      She told me that her sister was dying of cancer, and her brother-in-law had just lost his job. They didn't know how they would support their two tweens.

      I said, wait a minute, I'll run home and pack a few boxes of stuff I have. That way they won't have to worry about buying that stuff for a while. She said,

      "save it for yourself, you might need it someday."

      With that, she slammed the door in my face.

      The following Sunday at Church, she YELLED across the pews to me where I sat alone about 10 rows ahead, and said she didn't want any of my stupid green peppers any more either.

      Now, if that doesn't shout crazy, I don't know what does. But the point here is that people close their eyes to when people are in need. And I think they do this because they are afraid. They don't know what they would do in a situation like that. So they mentally freeze up. They harden themselves to it and pretend like it will never happen to them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I do believe your math is correct. Seems so simple to me, buddy; why is it so complicated?????

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, you are right on my friend. I, too, remember how it used to be. Fifty years ago there were few homeless on the street and there were few handouts....the numbers have increased dramatically over the past ten years and continue to increase. BandAids for cancer is what I call it. There needs to be monumental change and it begins with we the people.

      Thank you for your thoughts my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, I don't even know what to say to that scene....other than yes, it is crazy. The older I get the more I come to realize that fear is the chief instigator of many actions in the world today...people are truly afraid of what might happen tomorrow or next months or next year. Sad.

      Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Telling the story in the first person brings a different perspective to the issue of hunger. It drives the point home in a way that we can really feel the depth of the problem. Thank goodness there are resources available, such as school provided meals to help feed these hungry kids. And yet there are so many starving people who do not have access to help. It's a very sad situation.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, sad indeed. I don't know if what we as a nation are doing is working. I sense it is not; people need to work to earn their own money for food....this is a problem every single American should be concerned with.....just sayin'

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      There is no excuse for hunger anywhere but most certainly not here in the United States where it is said 40% of the food we produce is thrown away! This is said to be a 50% jump since 1970...hello America...what are you doing? Isn't there a way to start putting this "waste" to use?

      Did you ever buy day old bread? Why can't that be used to feed the hungry? What about food left over in restaurants? Instead of throwing it away why can't it be used in homeless shelters the next day? After all we tkae it home in doggie bags to eat the next day.

      I'm preaching to the choir but making the point I agree with every word you wrote! It is time we all act my friend and you are helping to light the fire.

      Voted all but funny, pinned and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, there are many communities that don't allow day old food to be given to the poor because of health regulations. Leave it to the government to find a way to ruin a good idea. I don't have answers on a national scale; I think this is something each community needs to address, one town at a time. If we leave it to the government to fix this mess we will all be on food stamps next year. Thank you for your thoughts my friend.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      My daughter works for a large restaurant chain. Every night at closing time a van used to pull up to the back door and take all the pre-cooked food they were going to throw away. This food went to one or more of the homeless shelters here in town.

      And then, the health department stepped in and advised them they would be fined if they continued to give away this perfectly good food.

      And we wonder where the problem lies?

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      We often hear of hunger in Africa but not enough in our society! It's great that you wrote an article about that problem! If kids don't have enough to eat, they can't learn and if they can't learn, they will probably not be able to study to obtain a job.... and the cycle continues.

      There is definitely something wrong somewhere along the way (may be even several something wrong); the question is, how can we fix those missing links so changes will take place on the long term. We need those young people for the future and they need their parents to take care of them. Unfortunately, I have no response to that. I try to do give time and money to several causes but I know it's not enough. One person can for sure make a difference but it takes the involvement of the society in general to make a long term positive change. I like the proverb "'It takes a village to raise a child" because it's stays true in all kinds of way!

      I am glad that some schools offer a breakfast program; at least it gives something to some kids to help them to concentrate at school and let's hope they have a lunch in their lunch box!

      Thanks again Bill for making us think :-)

      Definitely voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Poolman...that's the kind of idiocy I'm talking about. Less government....there was a time I did not believe that was the answer, but the longer I live and the more instances like that I see, the more I believe government needs to get the hell out of the business of living.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kidscrafts, you raise good points. I agree with the breakfast program; at least some kids will get one good meal per day, and I don't mind my tax dollars going to that cause. Other than that, this country needs jobs. We need to put people to work so they can feed themselves....and my goodness, isn't that a huge problem? :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That was heart-wrenching, Bill. When you write it as if you were those people, and bring up issues about malnutrition that many people wouldn't think about. It's not only about being hungry (and uncomfortable), it's about not having the nutrition the body needs to function properly, and sometimes to even survive. It's a shame so many are going hungry in the "land of the plenty".

      Thanks for sharing this with us, my friend.

      Have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Bill,

      Economics, power, government, misuse of funds and our own inability to understand what others are experiencing are all factors. Once again you put the subject in perspective. How can one of the wealthiest countries in the world let it's people starve?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you! I think the word "hungry" is so antiseptic; I wanted to break down hunger into physical pain and discomfort; maybe that would help people to understand how serious this issue is. :)

      I hope you are doing well sweet lady. Stay strong and be happy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, it is all the above and more, and it is a national shame on all of us. I hope we find our humanity soon my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, there is none so blind..... even when we are surrounded by pain and misery, it is easier to pretend it is not happening. Far simpler to blame the poor for being poor. Humanity, honour, empathy national pride and fairness are all words that appears to be redundant in our society.

      I wish I could say this powerful article will some how shame people into action, but I'm becoming rather jaded.

      The rich will always look after the rich while holding the poor in contempt. This article says it all, right from the beautiful heart of one who can't help but care.

      My very best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo.....blame the poor for being poor...how true are those words my friend? I am jaded too, Jo, and I am beginning to question my sanity for even trying to change things with articles like this one.....but....I do care and no, I can't help it who I am and have no plans to change. :) Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Blessings to you always, Jo!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      kidscrafts is right on what I wanted to say and then if we want to feed the hungry the government wants to charge us so much we cannot even think of doing it, Bill something needs to be done. If enough people spoke to the government and said we want something done about this or else, I think they would listen. How much of our money goes to non citizens? Don't we have a say? Sure we do! Do you know anyone who knows what to do Bill? You have enough friends to back it and then each of us have friends and then there is twitter and facebook....it needs to just get pushing in the right direction. Maybe before Christmas? It is coming winter and these people are sleeping under bridges, My son witnessed one hit and killed on the interstate 2 years ago or less. She got a cramp in her leg he said it looked like and got run down and slung right past his window.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I wish I knew what to do but I don't. I tried to spearhead a movement of like-minded writers with H.O.W. but most of them lost interest in that as well. Life catches up with most people; their intentions are good but then they get busy with family and jobs and their own problems, and before you know it the grand project dies a natural death. :) I do love your spirit and compassion, Jackie.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very powerful hub, Bill and as always you have an amazing way with words. Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I believe you do as well my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You sure know how to keep it real. Reading this makes me feel the same way I do when I'm out and about and I see a homeless and hungry person. A part of me dies when I see someone who's living life just for a warm blanket or a meal - warm or cold. That's why, in my car, I travel with pre-packaged lunch bags with food, utensils, napkins, and water. It makes it easy to hand a hungry person a meal. I don't have to go out of my way - just reach into the back seat of my car and hand them a meal. I'm just one person helping one person. When people wholeheartedly grab ahold of your movement, H.O.W. everyone in the world could be served with one person helping at least one other person.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is an amazing thing you are doing and yet, it is something everyone could do if they chose to...thank you so much for that...bravo to you my friend...bravo. I am proud to call you my friend; I know you aren't looking for those words but you got them all the same. :)

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, also keep in mind that for some, being hungry means they are one hour late getting to eat lunch. They have never experienced real hunger in their entire lives.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, without a doubt, Poolman. Without a doubt!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Bill, there is no reason that I can fathom why anyone has to go hungry, especially here in the US, or around the world, when there seems to be so much waste. I am glad they do have the school breakfast programs, for a child need the most important meal of the day to be able to learn and think properly with good nutrition. We all can do our part, something, anything. I remember telling having a talk with my son about this one time when he was very young, that if he knows if someone is thirsty or hungry, to offer them a drink or food, if he has it. And he remembered and tested me on this by bringing home a young rapper young man who he met while skateboarding, and all my son said to me way, "Mom, this is _______ his name, and he is hungry." I told him, okay, I have not fixed dinner yet, but he is welcome to whatever we have in the fridge. He ate a bowl of cold tortellini and was on his was, after saying thank you. We can all prepare little brown bags for a homeless person we happen to see, as in my homeless ministry. I just include a bottled water, protein bar, maps to the local homeless shelter and scripture for hope and comfort. I tell them that the Lord wanted me to tell them that He loved them and to give them this (I hand them the brown bag, which has scripture on one side and a cross on the other), and they always say, "God bless you." The Lord opened my eyes to those around the building in which I work in the city, as you have read here before.

      Contributing to food banks is always good as they do run low. However, big companies who waste a lot of food should really get together with those who are willing to distribute the food or either have a place set up and hand-outs around the area to let those who are hungry know that the food is available that is still perfectly good before they just waste it.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, bless you for the work that you do and for your compassion and love for mankind. We need more of you out there, Faith. The thing is, I think there are many out there who want to help but for whatever reason they just don't know what to do or how to get started. I hope we see the day when hunger is eradicated in this country.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      Your writing is so pointed, passionate and cuts right to the chase. There comes a point where people have to be more important than any political agenda. I adore people like you, Faith, the team I worked with in Philadelphia where we just reached out, despite city laws not to feed the homeless. I still cannot figure a law that stops me from being kind, so I had to ignore it.

      Thank you, Bill. You reach so many with your words and you do make a difference. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you so much. I hope you are right, that I reach many...making a difference is my goal and dream. :)

      love always

      bill

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      pramodgokhale 3 years ago from Pune( India)

      Bill,

      You are a great American and with such deep insight fullness and vision.

      You are frank to discuss global problems and come out with solutions.

      i am an Indian very much concerned food related problems because in our country rural poor are suffering from under nutrition and malnutrition, Government schemes and trickle down economics is on paper only.

      Few examples about food wastage is mentioned here, i appreciate awareness and activism in food hunger and welfare .

      pramodgokhale

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Homeless and the hungry you have put lots of thought into this hub and it is sad to see such faces along the streets great and a meaningful hub indeed.

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I think a lot of people don't realize they might be working right along side a person that has no food. I've definitely been at that point in my life at times when I could not afford food because I did not get paid enough. Sometimes I even work 2 jobs and can't afford food... and I have a college degree! Of course, if I did not have to pay back student loans, maybe I'd have that money for food, but that is another story. Great hub and voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pramodgokhale, thank you so much. I would imagine in your country there is poverty the likes of which we can only imagine here.....thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sad indeed, DDE, and hopefully one day we will do something about it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jeannie, I'd have to write a new hub about the problems regarding student loans in this country. LOL Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      This is a sad state of affairs. I see so much food wasted every day. Those who can afford to buy food toss it out.

      I believe in people obtaining food stamps when they are eligible to receive them.

      I volunteer at our local church in our free suppers for the homeless. Wish I could do more.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if everyone did as much as you do we wouldn't have a hunger problem. :) Thank you for being you.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Bill, as a teacher of handicapped kids for many years, I saw several who seemed to be malnourished. I even tried to take groceries to some and took a few to get burgers and bought shoes for one child, who was robbed a day later by a drunken father of his prized new shoes. All we can do is try. I have never regretted what I did and still yearn for those days. Thanks Bill. whonu

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, your statement is right on...all we can do is try to make a difference one person at a time. Bravo to you for teaching handicapped kids...now that is truly making a difference.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I hear you on this. Despite there being almost too much food in America, people still starve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it is a mystery and one I'll never understand. :) Thank you!

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I spend most days without food, One meal a day is a blessing. Most days my body is cold and I have to struggle to get anything done, But the things I do are focused on helping others as best I can. It can be tough to envision a better future, one that includes the simple shelter and "basic needs" such as electricity, water, showers, a place to prepare meals. All the things so many take for granted. Thank you bill for what you and many others are doing because of you.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I was there at one time so I do understand. I do not give lip service to this cause...I feel it as you do now, and I'm with you, showing support in the only way I know now. Hang in there buddy; change is coming. I feel it!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I keep running after the Sound Metro and missing it, but better late than never, or at least that's what the islanders say. : ) Hi, Bill! Good morning! And before I go on my Friday morning walk, I wanted to weigh in and thank you for raising awareness. My wife and I enjoy ministering to the elderly each Saturday afternoon, but it's our daughter who has a special place in her heart and a ministry for the homeless. If every American can do just a little, we'll erode the national moral debt. I'm a realist, as you are, and that will never happen in our lifetime. I'm also a dreamer, as you are, and I can still hope. I'm also doing something about it, as you are, and I can still manage to get outside of myself every now and then. Thanks for helping us all to connect with the things inside that we've somehow glossed over in the press of life. Aloha and a big hug, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, the national moral debt??? As a writer I love phrases like that one; the average schmo on the street could never dream of putting three words together that sound so good. :) I think you might be a writer! You might consider doing this full-time. :)

      Thanks buddy, go Hawks and Dawgs, and have a great weekend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Never any excuse for anyone being hungry in your country or in mine or, indeed, in many others. Look at Mugabe who took over the 'breadbasket of Africa' and look at that country now - terrible! It's hard to fight against dictators and monsters but it isn't hard to put our hands in our pockets to help or to put pen to paper to write to MPs and governments who should be doing more.

      Not deserting these people and raising awareness 'one person at a time' is indeed so important; thank goodness for those like you who try to make a difference, difficult though it may be. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, difficult and at times seemingly impossible....but....I'm not a quitter and this is important...and so I write. :) Thank you my dear friend. Have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      As you have said before, the power of the written word is given to us for a reason. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Ann, even if I was the one who said them. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I remember being hungry with nothing in the house to eat, but it was only for a day. I can't imagine going from day to day wondering where the next meal was coming from. With the amount of food thrown out by restaurants, homes, schools, etc., you would think the hunger problem would be nonexistent. I hate that the laws do not allow restaurants to donate food to homeless shelters for fear of law suits. I am going to put together meal bags for the homeless to distribute to the homeless in our area. A follow up from the sharing on H.O.W. God bless you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Dianna, and thank you for caring so much that you are willing to do the meal bags. We need more people to care that much.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everyone should have the right to good health and food, as well as a job.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you Deb; now we have to shake the government out of their lethargy and see if we can't get some positive action out of them. :) Thank you my OK friend.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      It makes absolutely no sense to me, Bill, that we, one of the richest nations in the world, and the formerly most powerful, cannot find a solution to the misery of poverty and hunger. Why can't those billions and billions of foreign aid money be used to feed our citizens?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, when you figure that one out please let me know. I don't have an answer for you, and foreign aid is just another way of saying you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Disgusting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I'm always surprised and saddened by the statistics for our local food cupboard. It goes up and up, not down. I think we forget how fortunate we are. Thanks for another reminder that there are many who are not so fortunate.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Glimmer, and thank you for always being here on Monday. You are always welcome my friend.

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