ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Christ’s Table wants the community to be aware that September is Hunger Action Month.
Christ’s Table Executive Director, Keely Warden said it brings awareness about hunger, what it is and where it is. Warden said 45 percent of kids in Ohio qualify for free lunches. Here in Zanesville city schools it is nearly 80 percent.
“45 percent of people the kids in Ohio qualify for free lunches. Here in our little Zanesville City Schools are 79 percent which is really high so all kids are qualified for free lunch in Muskingum County. So, if you think hunger isn’t out there it is. We live in a world right now where we have to be cautious and sometimes we are over cautious and we forget to be compassionate,” said Warden.
Warden said there are many ways to help out those who need food. You could simply get a gift certificate, make a donation to the food shelters or whatever way you can help out.
“It is important because many of us are blessed. We haven’t had that. We may miss a meal and you think oh, that is the feeling of hunger. That is what we are asking people to do is give up one meal per week. Take that one day, think about it and don’t eat. Take that money that you might have spent on that meal for you or your family and donate that somewhere that is going to be a good cause,” said Warden.
Warden said the main goal of Hunger Action Month is to really think about hunger, what it is, and just do something good for the community.