Want to give up more than your coffee for Lent? Lisa Bos offers several ways you can sacrifice a few minutes to fight the injustice of hunger as well!
Many people, Protestant and Catholic alike, have a Lenten tradition of giving up something for the 40 days of Lent as a way to show penance. Often, it is a vice or a luxury – something that helps a person make a sacrifice but may also have the added benefit of a few lost pounds or extra money in the bank account. Among my friends, common trends are giving up a food or drink: getting rid of that daily Starbucks coffee, forgoing any dinners out or committing not to eat any sweets.
It’s easy to forget how much these things are luxuries, both for those living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world. That Starbucks coffee? Most people in the developing world live on less than the cost of that one coffee every day. Millions of children will never get a birthday cake or candy bar. Hunger is a part of the daily life and struggle of nearly a billion people around the world.
The Long-term Impact of Hunger
I don’t say this to make anyone feel guilty, nor to make the problem of hunger seem so bad that it is insurmountable. It isn’t. Progress is being made in ensuring that children and mothers in particular have better access to healthy, nutritious food.
The long-term impact of this is almost immeasurable. Children who do not get proper nutrition during pregnancy and during their first two years of life are at risk of having underdeveloped minds and bodies, which impacts their ability to learn, get a job and provide for their families in the future.
1,000 Days Difference
This first 1,000 days of a child’s life are where we can make a tremendous impact on ending the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Congress, in particular, must recognize the importance of nutrition on a child’s well-being and health (under nutrition contributes to 2.6 million deaths of children under five each year) and fund nutrition programs at a level that will reach those who are in need.
In order to make this happen, we all need to raise our voices to our legislators and leaders to demand that they address this injustice.
Give Up a Few Minutes to Save Lives
So in addition to making a Lenten sacrifice, how about sacrificing a few minutes to call or email your Senators and Representatives? We need your help to make the issue of hunger and nutrition one that Congress can’t ignore.
We don’t need to feel guilty that we are blessed or feel overwhelmed by the need to bring justice to so many parts of the world.
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What You Can Do
Pray for the health of babies and safe birthing for their mothers.
Take up Lisa’s challenge this Lenten season and pick up your phone or send an email [this action has expired] to your Senators and Representatives.
Tell them what you are giving up for Lent, but most importantly, why.
Then, ask them to do the same to help save the programs that will provide babies and toddlers with the nutrition they need to survive and live beyond 5!
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