At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
Written By: Peter S. Kahrmann
Hunger is inhumane. If we take our Declaration of Independence seriously, it is also un-American. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
You can’t pursue life, liberty and happiness when you’re hungry.
I’ve gone hungry in my life. Truly hungry. I was homeless for two years in my teens.
Twice I went to the emergency room with hunger pains, a savage burning deep in your belly because your stomach is so contracted it has nothing to feed on but itself.
Hunger is a harsh master.
Life can be a harsh master too; it happens to us whether we like it or not. And, while there is no such thing as having complete control over every aspect of life, we do have quite a bit of say in how we respond to it. Managing the challenges of life is not always easy. But, trying to manage the challenges of life while you’re hungry is nearly impossible.
I am not homeless now. However, I am on a fixed income and as a result, I go to a food pantry every other week that is part of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ network. This is why I will be on my bike this September 30 to help raise money for them.
Anne Frank said: “The only sound worse than that of a dying child is the sound of your child dying. Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
She was and is right. Hunger is an obscenity. I would think myself obscene were I to sit by and do nothing about it. And so I will climb on my bike and pedal a few miles and hope with all my heart that people like you will donate to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts because no one anywhere deserves to go hungry, least of all our children, your children.
My fund raising page for this ride is: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/peterkahrmann/will-bike-4-food
Please, please help. Thank you.
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