It is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
November 12-20 is
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (#hhweek)
As we prepare to gather together with those we love to give thanks for our health and homes and to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, let us take some time to also think about the statistics from the National Coalition for the Homeless, such as:
49 million of our neighbors are suffering from hunger and food insecurity.
As we laugh and cook together and share good times with our families, can we discuss with our kids and our parents why, in 2016, in the wealthiest nation on earth,
2.5 million children are experiencing homelessness.
As we recover from a jarring and divisive election and begin the healing that must follow, we will need to understand the important science of the impact of poverty on children and what it means to the growth and development of our national health.
1 in 5 children live in poverty in the U.S.
We must comprehend that what starts out as disadvantages can become deep-seated inequality. Childhood exposure to violence, repeated moves, becoming homeless or living doubled up, all cause harm during the sensitive developmental period of childhood, which can permanently alter how the brain responds to stress, holds memory, and is able to learn.
Let us take this time of national thankfulness to talk to our loved ones about homelessness and hunger in America and decide how we can share our ideas, our time, and our advocacy to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who are without adequate food and shelter today.
Together, we can create a world where there is no hunger or homelessness. Think globally. Act locally. We invite you to volunteer, get involved, and make a difference in your community this week.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit us at www.brightspaces.org.
Respectfully and Thankfully,
Mark L. Mendel,President
Ileen Henderson, National Director of Bright Spaces
Bright Horizons Foundation for Children