In September 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a study which found that 49 million Americans are food insecure—lacking consistent access to adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.
16 million are children.
Another recent study discovered that 1-in-6 children under the age of five live at risk of hunger. Children who experience hunger are sick more often, suffer growth and development impairments and struggle with learning because undernutrition harms cognitive development.
With these alarming statistics in mind, beginning today and continuing throughout the week, we will be featuring the stories of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches, ministry partners and field personnel that are fighting hunger in their communities.
This blog series—At the Table: Baptists Fight Hunger—kicks off just a day after Christians from across the world joined together at the table to celebrate World Communion Sunday.
Each day this week, we will post three different stories about hunger ministries in more than eight states. Be sure to check back throughout the week to read these thought-provoking stories written by pastors, lay leaders, ministry partners and field personnel in the Fellowship.
The title of this blog series was also partly inspired by the highly recommended documentary A Place at the Table.
Part 7 — The Cleveland County Potato Project
Part 19 — Brownies and Parmesan Chicken