Motivational Monday 6: Being Thankful (World Hunger Awareness)

Hey everyone! It has been as busy weekend let me tell you. I was out all day Saturday, but I should have quite a cool blogpost coming about it soon! Yesterday I was doing homework all day, writing up blogposts and then I went to harvest at my church.

This leads me into the Motivational Monday for today, Being Thankful. If you don’t know what harvest is, it’s an event the church holds every year which really just reminds us to be thankful for all of the food and produce we are lucky to have in our country, whereas some people don’t have anything. We have an evening meal together and everyone brings some sort of food contribution for the meal, whether that be apple pie, sandwiches or scones. Food is also brought in to the church to be donated to the local food bank to help out those who are less fortunate than us.

This post was originally going to be about generally being thankful for the privileges we have, and to show appreciation for those things. It is still to do with that, however I took a new angle on the story after doing some research.

Sometimes we forget to be thankful for everything that we have and that is done for us. Did you know that 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy life? This figure is crazy to me, anyone else? 10.9% of the population are suffering from chronic undernourishment. A lot of these people come from developing countries, the top three areas with the highest GHI being the Central African Republic, Chad and Sierra Leone. I don’t think we can really comprehend how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat every day.

There are so many ways we can help those in need of food. We all (like most things in this world) need to make more of an effort to help and raise awareness about these kind of things.

  • Donate Money to Charity!

There are a lot of charities that fight hunger. If you don’t know of any yet, here are some ideas:

  • Bread for the world
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Freedom from hunger
  • The Hunger Project

    Save the Children

    All of these charities spread awareness of world hunger to the global community through various events, and volunteers who help out. By clicking on these links you can go to their websites and learn more about each charity and donate money if you would like to.

    • Give to your local food bank
  • This is what I mentioned earlier about the church giving food such as tinned tomatoes, custard and diluted juice to the food bank. You can usually just drop in and donate these kind of foods, but look up your local food bank online to check what they need and accept. Foods that go out of date quickly aren’t usually accepted eg. Fresh fruit just because they don’t keep for long and don’t last.
    • Spread Awareness
  • This could be through sharing on social media, educating people you know on this issue or if you want to, organise an event such as getting people in your school to donate food, my school actually does this at Christmas every year. The government reckon it would cost $30 billion a year to end world hunger, although getting that money is obviously extremely tough, especially with all of the other things like wars that cost money.

  • That’s all for Motivational Monday today from me, now it’s over to you. I’m very passionate about this topic today, I know it’s quite a deep topic but it is so so important that we try to help others. I would love all of you to read a bit about some of the charity websites I linked above, and learn more about it.

    This week before you eat a meal, I challenge you to think about the people who are starving or in need of food. If you are religious, keep them in your prayers and if not still feel free to pray if you want! If you take someone in your life for granted eg. your mum, tell them you appreciate them!

    What do you want to see in next week’s motivational Monday?

    Love, CoffeeeAndCream x

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