It’s Five Minute Friday, which means I join with hundreds of other fantastic bloggers to write together, all on a common theme. Check it out on Lisa-Jo’s blog!
Today’s prompt is: Hands.
On dozens of tables around the room, hands rested: young ones, scarred ones, ones with dirt under the nails, and ones soft as a scholar’s hands. They came together to address a concern in the community: people do not have enough to eat.
Tonight, I sat in a room with 80 others from my community as we gathered together to present ideas for addressing food security in my county: a situation that’s concerning, considering I live in a first world country. 14.2% of the families in my county are food insecure, and 24% of the children are. In fact, 73% of the kids in my county are on free or reduced price lunch. In the United States of America.
As the evening went on, hands waved expressively as the presenters spoke about their ideas for improving my community: more bus routes, walking clubs, kids cooking classes, community gardens, etc. Hands clapped enthusiastically and rose together in recognition of a common goal. Hands place stickers to vote for their favorite ideas, and hands wrote their names and signed up for the call to action.
Change isn’t easy, and alone, seems impossible. But when each person lends a hand, the impossible suddenly becomes not only possible, but probably. I saw people come alive tonight, ready to change a struggling community. From all walks a of life, we sat down together, hand a meal, and talk about the real problems in my southeastern Iowa town.
All hands were on board tonight, and I foresee great changes. Amazingly, someone came forth with guaranteed funding for the most popular idea. And the potential is incredible.
We tend to assume that food insecurity happens in other countries or other town, but it happens around the corner too. And now, I get to be a part of seeing many hands come together to improve a community’s access to safe, healthy food.