To frame a story around a crisis usually has the ingredients that bake a proper slice of emotional porn pie. Most of the time in most of the media outlets, we are not encouraged to confront the problems around us, but to become acclimated to their permanence. Some will go as far as creating support groups and help centers for certain social sicknesses that just won’t go away. It is rare when one finds institutes founded by the generosity of strangers and the appreciation from the unappreciated.
Hunger’s End is Found in Friends
MANNA FoodBank has been and continues to grow under the auspices of elements that define our humanity and assure futures for those humanities to eat proper food; to instate nutrition as a right by action than mere legislative lobbyism and petty insistence. It’s a grown up in this odd sandbox that is America.
There is a crisis properly perpetuated by loose capitalism. While that may draw some critics to disagree, it is hard not to see that deregulated concentrated forces of irresponsible private wealth with a governing force that doesn’t cater to the bare necessities of civilized societies has created a syndrome of chronic hunger in the wealthiest region on the planet with a surplus of food. How can that be? In Western North Carolina alone 1 in 6 battle for nutritional sustenance. We are a country that readily declares symbolic war on everything but prefers to wages real wars on questionable military, surveillance and stock value expansion with rivalry political campaign budgets to boot. The place where we are entertained by movies like The Hunger Games, despite the irony of our own circumstance.
Responsible Businesses Can Care
Within our very borders, have been heroic private sector (corporations can be assets) contributors that use their affluence to raise the bar of living for the downtrodden. MANNA FoodBank works tirelessly in creating and exhibiting the power of collaborative efforts between private sector industry with agencies that distribute effective dosages of food. This cross-pollination proves the true value of markets. When used responsibly, they better our world and relativize seemingly endless crisis with the element of hope. They empower individuals and organizations to act as caretakers of their “market base” – not to sound cynical. Unlike the forces within the political spectrum our local businesses leverage small efforts to produce cumulative results.
The end to these troubles are far from over. The crisis among us is the opportunity for their everything to gain with a society that doesn’t feel the pangs of hunger. The table is the bedrock of all humanity. It is the one place that we all return to. It is where societies and cultures develop. It is the place where ideas are chewed over just as the daily fare. It is the prerequisite for it all, affording the atmosphere for a mind to cultivate its dreams. It permits families to grow closer and more aware of their neighbors. Attending to hunger tends to the root cause of instability along all social gamuts. That is why MANNA FoodBank fights the only Hunger Game we know.