Here in Middle Te￼nnessee, nearly 400,000 people are at risk of hunger. One in six adults and one in four children struggle with hunger every day, and often do so in silence. It’s difficult to comprehend that there are children in America that are food insecure, let alone in our own back yard. For the last four years the Bridge Ministry has been active in feeding underprivileged school children in our local area. Our program, Food For Kids, began when I met a school teacher who was overwhelmed with the needs she faced within her own classroom. She had begun buying school and food supplies with her meager income for impoverished students, the need far outweighed her resources. The Bridge Ministry gladly stepped in. Now we serve three schools in some of the lowest income areas of Nashville. If you would like to help with our Food For Kids program please contact our new program director Roberta Wilburn, because hunger is closer than you think.
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14 KJV)”
Many of us take for granted sleeping in a dry place at night, adequate food, or jobs to help us pay our bills. Some of us have felt the effects of the economic decline in various ways, but, for most of us, it hasn’t meant a loss of these basic needs.
Though we live in the world’s wealthiest nation, 14.5 percent of U.S. households—50 million Americans, including 17 million children—struggle to find food to eat,(USDA report). Just last week, the U.S. Census released new statistics, which find that more than 46 million Americans, 15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2011.
In the United States, hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Both issues must be addressed in our continued efforts to help those Jesus called “the least of these” (Matthew 25:45). Sadly, many individuals and families that we serve, struggle to obtain or maintain housing. Add the rising food costs to an already stressful household budget, places children food insecure environment. Many who attend our services under the bridge, are trying to get on their financial feet and to cope with a myriad of issues from mental illness and/or substance addiction. I believe when we come together as the family of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, we can find solutions.