Faces of the Working Poor

To ASZ’™s Readers’¦

It’™s the time of the year when blogad orders slow down to a crawl – so I’™ve created a freebie ad in the right hand column for America’™s Second Harvest (A2H). And I’™m asking you to click on it.

As longtime ASZ zonebots know, my pet cause is hunger in America. Having [...]

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To ASZ’™s Readers’¦

It’™s the time of the year when blogad orders slow down to a crawl – so I’™ve created a freebie ad in the right hand column for America’™s Second Harvest (A2H). And I’™m asking you to click on it.

As longtime ASZ zonebots know, my pet cause is hunger in America. Having worked as logistics manager at a large inner city food bank for a couple of years, I became intimately familiar with the face of hunger. There is no reason that, in the richest country in the world, anyone who is gainfully employed should have to rely on the charity of others to put food on the family table. The reality is that too many working Americans have to rely on charitable sources of nutritional food to make ends meet.

Without getting into a rant on raising the minimum wage (certainly, a cornerstone of the incoming Democratic Party congress), I’™m asking that you click through on the ‘œWorking Poor’ advertisement, and explore the A2H website. Perhaps you could find a food bank in your area to donate a sack of food – or to volunteer some time over the next few weeks. Maybe if you’™re currently ‘œflush’, you could donate a few bucks to your local food bank / pantry – food is rarely in short supply at this time of the year, but dollars are always short.

But mostly, it’™s my hope that ASZ readers will educate themselves on this particular shame in America. There is no way – no way – that working Americans should have to swallow their pride in order to swallow a meal. And let’™s be clear that this is not just a holiday season issue – fighting hunger is a 12 month proposition.

I’™ve personally experienced how much of a difference one person can make at a local level. This is an issue that is solveable, if as a country, we have the will to do so.

Thanks in advance for clicking, learning, and helping!!

Richard

(P.S. If you run a blog on the blogads network, and you’™d like to run the A2H advertisement as a PSA, please contact me via email and I’™ll provide the details.)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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