Hungry people are suffering — more than 48 million people in America aren’t getting the food they need, 13 million of whom are children. Nearly 16 percent of Maine households, or more than 209,000 people, are hungry. The U.S. Department of Agriculature has decided to call this situation “food insecurity” — what a bunch of hog wash. This only sugarcoats a very serious situation.

If people go hungry, then they are hungry. The USDA scraped the word “hunger” in exchange for “food insecurity,” deciding that hunger “should refer to a ‘potential’ consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation.” This politically correct wording has given us comfort that everything is all right here.

We must never allow anyone, child or adult, to experience discomfort or pain from hunger. This is the richest country in the world and no one should ever have to experience hunger.

Please support Good Shepherd Food Bank, Hannaford’s Help Fight Hunger Box, the Buy 1, Give 1 program, or our local food banks.

Proverbs 22:9 (NIV): “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Wishing all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Michael MacFarland


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