Friday, November 19, 2010


Not in recent memory have so many American families been in such desperate, startling need.

They're losing homes. They've lost jobs. Their dignity is in shambles.

The most shocking fact of all is that millions of Americans—including children—are enduring daily hunger in a nation that prides itself on its charity, fellowship and outreach to the suffering.

Nationally, 42.3 million Americans receive government food stamps to avoid completely bare cupboards. Sometime during the year, 1 in 5 Americans have difficulty supplying food for their families.

A shock is in store for Idahoans. The Gem State leads the nation for increased food-stamp use, which rose by 38.8 percent in just one year. Now, 211,883 Idahoans depend on food stamps.

In the name of humanity, Idahoans from all walks of life must share this Thanksgiving with modest donations for food or more generous gifts.

Gallant organizations that are on the frontlines of the hunger crisis can provide astonishing nourishment. A modest $25 donation can provide a number of meals. More generous giving—$100, $500 and up from those blessed with good fortune—can end hunger for months.

Churches and synagogues, the Salvation Army, Hunger Coalition, Idaho Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, the Sawtooth Board of Realtors' holiday baskets and other groups easily located in the Wood River Valley need donations for their capable, heartwarming helping hands for the needy.

Let no family feel deserted or wracked by the pain and humiliation of a table without food.

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