“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.
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 https://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.
- Take the Hunger Action Month pledge
- Like the St. Louis Area Foodbank on Facebook
- Follow the Foodbank on Twitter
- Change your Facebook or Twitter profile to orange
- Sign up for the Foodbank’s e-newsletter
- View hunger statistics for your county
- Set an empty plate at the dinner table to teach your kids about those at risk of hunger
- Post or tweet stats to encourage others to get involved
- Read real stories of the people you are helping
- Visit and read the Foodbank’s blog
- Register to vote and become a hunger advocate
- Watch the trailer for the film “A Place at the Table”
By Bethany Prange
St. Louis Area Foodbank Social Media Specialist