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Tamara Grubb - Day 4 of my SNAP Challenge

By Tamara Grubb, Director of Operations

I am on day four of the SNAP Challenge. I have to admit as I sit here a part me wishes I only took the Challenge for one day, or just a few days. I am hungry, tired and have taken my fair share of ibuprofen and Aleve hoping to eliminate the never ending caffeine headache I have. The other part of me is once again reminded that this is reality for so many people I see every day. Again, there is no way to truly understand what is it like for low-income food insecure families, however this Challenge helps to put in perspective what it is like for those families who struggle to put food on the table.

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I cannot effectively do my job or uphold the mission and vision of Second Harvest if I do not have compassion and understanding of those we serve.  Our mission at Second Harvest is to nourish our neighbors in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas through sustainable initiatives, education and advocacy. How can I ensure our initiatives are meeting the need if I don’t know what the need is? How can I provide education to both our members and community if I don’t know what is needed? How do I know what to advocate for if I don’t know what is needed? Need is more than numbers on a spreadsheet or the latest USDA report, it is human compassion and understanding. I can tell you that 51,000 people in our community don’t know where there next meal will come from, but probably until you are one of them or it is someone you love or care about, it’s just a number. If we all don’t begin to understand the needs in our community, the vision of Second Harvest to build hunger-free communities will not be a reality. Should children in 2013 really have to dream about food in school? Or should it be a reality? I choose to believe it should be a reality and that hunger in any form is unacceptable. Hunger is a solvable issue, we just have to be human and get involved.

If you haven’t already, I hope you will take part in the Challenge. I also encourage you to do the next best thing and become a volunteer at Second Harvest. Our Hunger 101 class will give you the facts and numbers. Volunteering will give you the human element to help it sink in. I can assure whatever your passion, working with children, families or seniors, if you love alphabetizing or making phone calls, if you enjoy sweeping and the smell of Pledge, and anything in between, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.

Posted by Stacy Neibling Fisher - Wednesday, 09/18/13, 01:23 PM - Comments - Category: Advocacy


Comment by Regina on September 18, 2013 - 01:44 PM

Thank you Tamara for taking the challenge and having a heart that wants to make a difference! You and Second Harvest Community Food Bank are the "Angels" that make many peoples lives a little bit easier! Keep fighting the good fight!!!

Comment by Tamara Grubb on September 18, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thank you, Regina! You are an inspiration to us all at Second Harvest!

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