Each child was asked to line up and receive his, or her ration of peanut butter and then it was my mother's turn.
My mother shyly whispered into her ear that she didn't have any -- the bakery ran out of their allotment of bread, earlier that morning.
Growing up, we were used to hearing such stories at the dinner table -- how, even in a big city like Budapest, my father was forced to steal to feed his younger siblings -- I don't think that my twin brother and I ever really understood how difficult it was for my parents.
Until, I got older and started raising a family of my own.
Today, I'm not ashamed to admit that we lived a frugal life and that my parents chose to accept the charity of strangers, to ensure that their children would never know that kind of hunger.
Today marks the official launch of This Bank Can't Fail campaign and I'm very proud to be joining forces with my blogging friend and fellow Jersey Girl Deborah Smith of JerseyBites.com, who has taken on the huge task of coordinating the Blogging Out Hunger on behalf of The Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
Because, I'm selfish.
Although, I'd love to go back in time and teach that bitch of a school teacher a thing, or two -- compassion, for starters -- I believe that doing something nice, for someone else, helps the suckage in my life feel, you know, less sucky.
Besides, the goal is to get 100 New Jersey bloggers spreading the word about the desperate need that The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in due to the increased demands being put on New Jersey food pantries.
Well, one out of every five New Jersey families does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of housing, food and child care although 85 percent of these households have at least one family member who is working. Only 6 percent of them receive welfare.
C'mon, it's New Jersey - how bad can it be?
Okay, have you gone food shopping lately?
Here's one simple thing that you can do to help and, I promise, it won't hurt a bit.
Please look for the $1, $3, & $5 donation slips at A&P, Food Basics, Foodtown, Genuardi’s, Kings, Pathmark, ShopRite, Super Fresh and Wegmans.
100% of your generous donation in the stores or at http://www.checkouthungernj.org/ will come back to the Food Bank and make a real difference in the fight against hunger in New Jersey.
Check-Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising campaign and the donations at the reporting retailers are 17% down from last year.
I mean, it only takes $1.00 -- less than what I would find on a good night of couch diving for change -- to join the fight against hunger and poverty.
Don't believe me -- that's okay, nobody in my house ever does -- just look, over 100 of my fellow Jersites are Blogging Out Hunger:
4) Simply Sable
10) Cook Appeal
12) Mommy Vents
13) This Full House
14) Paper Bridges
18) Fits and Giggles
23) Off the broiler
29) Momlogic New Jersey
33) Best of Roxy
34) Citizen Mom.net
36) Jersey Beat
37) Pop Vulture Phil
50) Man of Infirmity
53) Average Noone
67) Matawan Advocate
69) The Joy of Toast
70) Route 55
74) Joe the Blogger
76) Stacey Snacks
80) Triple Venti
84) Cape Cuisine
93) Tiger Hawk
95) The Food Chain
96) Henson’s Hell
100) Jersey Shore Blog
101) Plainfield Today
102) Beacon Bulletin
What, you not from Jersey?
No problem, the food banks across America rely on individual, corporate and foundation support to fund their hunger-relief efforts.
Or, especially if you're having difficulty finding your holiday mojo, perhaps you'd consider digging, stumbling, or giving my humble attempts at Blogging Out Hunger a thumbs up on kirtsy, therefore, decreasing the surplus suckage in the world.
Because, nice matters and hunger sucks!
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