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A Few Spare Minutes to Make a Big Impact

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. You can do anything you decide to do.”

–       Amelia Earhart

I think most of us aspire to make a difference – either in our careers, in the lives of our loved ones, or in our community.

But life, with all its complications and commitments, often seems to stand in the way.

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Though we may have the best of intentions, we somehow never seem to find the time or energy to do all that we hope to do.

Like many of us, I often tell myself that I’ll be able to do more giving back later in my life. . .when my son is older. When my work is less busy. When I have fewer social commitments.

The trouble with “later” is that inevitably, something or someone new always appears. That hope for “later” becomes a mirage we continually chase.

What if I could do something NOW? Is there something I can do in my small snippets of free time that would still make a difference?

Right now, the St. Louis Area Foodbank needs your online vote to help us win a $60,000 grant. If we win, we will be able to provide more than 200,000 additional meals to families in need!

You can vote once a day at http://stlfoodbank.org/clickforacause. Just put MO in the search bar and vote for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Then share with your friends and family and encourage them to vote too!

Then, as we continue to celebrate Hunger Action Month, I’m happy to say that there are a myriad of additional things I – and those like me – can do.

Here’s a list of small actions that require just a few moments to achieve, but still make a big impact. You can make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 8 people in our community who struggle with hunger.

 By Bethany Prange

St. Louis Area Foodbank Social Media Specialist

Fighting Hunger With Laughter

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Mike Birbiglia headlines “Hunger Is No Laughing Matter” at The Pageant on August 11, 2012

Comedy and hunger don’t often appear in the same sentence.  For those struggling to put food on their plates, laughter is not often heard in their homes.

However, this Saturday night at The Pageant in the University City Loop, laughter will go a long way toward helping those in need throughout the bi-state region.

The laughs will be coming from those in attendance at the first ever “Hunger Is No Laughing Matter” event benefiting the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The event boasts two world-class comedians – Mike Birbiglia and Greg Warren.

Mike hasn’t performed at the Pageant since September of 2009 and has a movie, “Sleepwalk With Me,” coming out soon. Greg has appeared on numerous late-night talk shows and always draws a crowd when he’s back in his hometown of St. Louis.

The hope is that the event will draw not only those who already support the Foodbank in our fight against hunger, but also those who may not be familiar with how we provide food and personal care items to more than 500 area food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

If there is any hope of one day eradicating hunger in our community, we’ll need all the help we can muster.  With that in mind, we’ve tried to put together a fun night for everyone in attendance.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to have their picture taken in a special “faux-to booth” commemorating the event. Throughout the night, patrons can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win great prizes from Live Nation, the St. Louis Rams, Blue Element Salon and Pin-Up Bowl.

There will also be an opportunity for one lucky patron to win a $250 gift card from Shop ‘n Save for correctly guessing how many meals the Foodbank can provide with a shopping cart full of food.  Mike Birbiglia will be selling and signing copies of his CD and book after the show in Suite 100 with proceeds going to the Foodbank.  Everyone in attendance will receive a special treat from Mom’s Originals.

 

The Foodbank hopes to raise at least $5,000 from raffle tickets and donations on the night of the event.  With that amount, the Foodbank can provide an additional 20,000 meals for hungry families throughout the region.

If you already have tickets for the event, thank you.  If you don’t have tickets, I’d encourage you to get some.  There’s no black tie required, the tickets are not expensive, there will be plenty of things going on and best of all, you get to laugh at two phenomenal comedians while helping your neighbors in need.

Laughing helps make a lot of things better and this Saturday, it will help make things a whole lot better for hungry families served by the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

For more information, including a link to purchase tickets, please click here.

Ryan Farmer

 

 

Ryan Farmer is the communications manager for the St. Louis Area Foodbank