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Friday, August 26, 2011

Hunger Across America

I find it shocking to see how many people in America are hungry and cannot provide for their families. I read the following article from Boise Weekly magazine and it makes me sad. Especially in a time of harvest season. Did they plant a garden this summer to preserve food for the winter? I can't imagine not having food in my pantry to feed my children.

Also with the hurricane predicted to hit the East coast and the damages that are estimated - WOW! This storm will effect millions of people - who will be in need of support. How many more times can the US sustain these types of disasters with the debt we now hold? Soon WE will be the only ones  to be able to look to ourselves to feed our children (no more food stamps).

Please start working on your food storage. Preserve what you can for the upcoming storms of life.


Study: Nearly One in Four Idaho Children Food Insecure

Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Too many children still go to bed hungry in Idaho. That's the conclusion of the latest study tracking food insecurity in the United States.

According to Map the Meal Gap 2009, 23.4 percent of children in Idaho are food insecure. Simply put, 95,150 or nearly one in four children are at risk of hunger. The number represents a 43 percent increase from the last study of Idaho childhood food insecurity. In Ada County, it is 20.9 percent or 20,150 kids. In Canyon County, it is 28.3 percent or 15,760 kids. Valley County had the highest rate of food insecurity for children: 33.4 percent.

A study released in March found that 15.8 percent or 206,000 Idahoans of all ages were food insecure.

A house is food insecure if there isn't access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
In closing, I just want to share these warnings from our prophets of this dispensation that I've been collecting. My hope is that you will be motivated to do something today to prepare for tomorrow.

For you will see a day when you will want it [food storage]; and it will be when we shall feel the effects of famine, and when the United States have not any food.” Heber C. Kimball, May 31, 1857, Journal of Discourses 4:330:

“With regard to grain, I will say, if you do not lay it up and keep it, you will be sorry in a day to come; for you will see hard times, trying times, plagues, and famines, and bloodshed. Be advised and provide in time, and while you have the opportunity.” (Heber C. Kimball August 28, 1859 Journal of Discourses 7:234)

“Lay up your stores, and take your silks and fine things, and exchange them for grain and such things as you need, and the time will come when we will be obliged to depend upon our own resources; for the time is not far distant when the curtain will be dropped between us and the United States….

“The day will come when the people of the United States will come lugging their bundles under their arms, coming to us for bread to eat. Every prophet has spoken of this from the early ages of the world.”

“There will be millions on millions that will come much in the same way, only they will not have handcarts, for they will take their bundles under their arms, and their children on their backs, and under their arms, and flee; and Zion’s people will have to send out relief to them, for they will come when the judgments come on the nations.” (Heber C. Kimball Journal of Discourses 4:106)

Elder M. Russell Nelson, April 2010 General Conference:
Anciently, the Lord blessed Father Abraham with a promise to make his posterity a chosen people.  References to this covenant occur throughout the scriptures. Included were promises that the Son of God would come through Abraham’s lineage, that certain lands would be inherited, that nations and kindreds of the earth would be blessed through his seed, and more. 2 While some aspects of that covenant have already been fulfilled, the Book of Mormon teaches that this Abrahamic covenant will be fulfilled only in these latter days! It also emphasizes that we are among the covenant people of the Lord.Ours is the privilege to participate personally in the fulfillment of these promises. What an exciting time to live!” (referencing LDS Conference 2006, The Gathering of Scattered Israel)

“The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.” (President Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p.298.)

The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” (Ezra Taft Benson, October Conference, 1973)

Heber C. Kimball warned the Saints that famines are likely to strike the Saints first, and unless they are prepared, they will suffer the consequences when the grocery stores and warehouses are stripped of their contents and food cannot be found anywhere:

“When the famines begin upon the earth, we shall be very apt to feel them first. If judgments must need begin at the house of God, and if the righteous scarcely are saved, how will it be with the wicked? Am I looking for famines? Yes, the most terrible and severe that have ever come upon the nations of the earth.”

Brigham Young stated: “Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands; and they will destroy each other, caring not for the blood and lives of their neighbors, of their families, or for their own lives.”

Elder Featherstone had this to say at an April General Conference in 1976:
Now what about those who would plunder and break in and take that which we have stored for our families’ needs? Don’t give this one more idle thought. There is a God in heaven whom we have obeyed. Do you suppose he would abandon those who have kept his commandments? He said, “If ye are prepared, ye need not fear.” (D&C 38:30.) Prepare, O men of Zion, and fear not. Let Zion put on her beautiful garments. Let us put on the full armor of God. Let us be pure in heart, love mercy, be just, and stand in holy places

May you find peace and unquestionable wisdom in the words of the prophets and the promptings of the Spirit in these latter days.

4 comments:

Cherie said...

Working for Food Service in the Boise School District I know for a fact that there are many many children who's only meal on somedays are the meals they get at school.
The food bank collects food and makes what they call "Backpacks" and they are distributed through the counselors of the schools to children who have no food. These backpacks contain about 2 meals that are easy for the children to prepare so that they will have something to eat over the weekend until they get back to school.
Kind of eye opening isn't it?
There is ALOT of poverty right in our own backyard - and many of those people live in apt.s and cannot grow a garden and wouldn't even know how.
It's crazy and very sad.

Cherie said...

P.S. Anyone can volunteer down at the Food Bank. They always need people to sort food and put together the "backpacks" for the kids.

Garden of Egan said...

Great post Sondra.

They aired something like this on our news last night as well.
The end of the newscast said that people were having to start making things more basic, more cooking from scratch and I thought, "and the bad part about that is???????"

I love this time of year because I love to can and fill up my shelves from things I've been able to grow.

How are your beans doing? I just love your garden.

Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

Great post!! I think of this often and need to do better!! I am working on it!!

When you get a chance email me (suzannebake@gmail.com) and tell me how to fix my blog so you can see it!!

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