Written by David Golbert Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Richard is a normal, active 4-year-old, who loves to go to the park and kick his soccer ball. Most nights he’s in bed by 7 and asleep by 8. His mother, Anna, sometimes hears him whimpering in his sleep. In the morning, Richard will sometimes tell her that his stomach hurts him at night. Anna knows Richard’s not sick, he’s just hungry. Since her job was cut back from five days to four, she hasn’t been able to buy as much food for her family as she would like. This winter, Anna had to choose between paying the heating bills and buying food.
Richard is one of the many children who come to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) soup kitchen in Hempstead—which feeds more than 2,000 men, women, and children every week. Anna knows when she takes her son to the soup kitchen there will be fresh vegetables, salad, and fruit. Things she can’t always afford. With luck, there may also be chocolate cake for dessert, which is Richard’s favorite. Chocolate cake puts a big smile on the young boy’s face.
Members of our community are joining together to sponsor meals at the INN, so that children like Richard can have the hot, nutritious meals they need to be healthy, growing youngsters.
If you’ve had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with those who aren’t as fortunate. Each meal we sponsor feeds approximately 500 hungry Long Islanders and the food for it costs $1,200. Your contribution in whatever amount is comfortable for you makes a real difference for children like Richard.
Each of us can make a difference. Each of us must try.