Life changing true stories told to encourage, empower and inspire us!

Bookmark and Share

"Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities." ~Unknown

Email me anytime:

"The Greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance!" ~Brian Tracy

All post and stories are the sole property of Velvet Over Steel aka Coreen Trost. I write and create post in order to help others, so share as you want. I just ask that you link back or give VOS credit. Some of the stories are going into a book in progress. Thank You ALL.. for your support and help!!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

Monday, October 4, 2010

Every Monday Matters - Help the Hungry

This week's Every Monday Matters: Help the Hungry

- 36.2 million Americans have limited access to enough food due to a lack of money and other resources. 12.4 million of those are children.

- The 2nd largest expense for families is food.

- 30% of families are forced to choose between buying food and paying for medical care or medicine.

- Many soup kitchens serve up to 1,000 meals a week. They need volunteers year-round, not just during holidays.

- 1 in 4 people in a soup kitchen line is a child.

- 96 billion pounds of food are wasted each year in the U.S.


+ Locate organizations near you that support the hungry. Find out what they need and help provide it.

+ Donate your time and volunteer at a food pantry/distribution center, a local soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter.

+ Go through your pantry and gather up canned and dried foods to donate.

+ Create or support a local canned food drive.

+ Purchase and hand out fast-food gift cards to homeless people. Buy extra cards to have on hand for spontaneous giving. (Don't give out cash.)


Most people don’t have to decide between buying food, paying rent, and purchasing medicine or medical care. But, the sad truth is, millions do. Whether you personally donate your time, money, canned foods, or hand out restaurant gift cards, you can be part of the solution. And, as you strive to end hunger, you will gain a new appreciation for the food you have on your table at home.

What is the Every Monday Matters program?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.

For more information about the EMM movement visit:


  1. Wow...what a statistical Monday!!:)

  2. Thank you for planting this in our heads! It's such an important issue and those are shocking facts.

  3. It is amazing to me how when there is a food drive at the supermarket just how many people do not give. It usually is just an 8 dollar purchase of a healthy meal for a child, yet people are too selfish to buy it. Or even when they have the Food Pantry drive and its only 1 dollar to feed the hungry. It was bad before the economy went in the crapper but now people are just impossible. Kudos for your thoughts and care for others. That is why your boys are the special people that they are.

  4. nice call to action...there is so much we can do...

  5. You've listed some good ideas on how we can help.

  6. Jesus said if we do these things to anyone, we are doing it to him! Thanks for the great tip about carrying fast food gift cards, I never thought about that!! We usually just give money, but I would rather see that the money goes to food.

  7. I totally applaud this post! Brilliant reminder. I had no idea that gift cards to fast food places were available. I'll check that up. This is so refreshing. I love that you help me think beyond myself!

  8. An excellent post and some very good ideas what to do about the issues raised.


  9. Great post!! Thanks for the reminder!!

  10. I have always helped out people less fortunate than me, great call dear xx

  11. I guess I kind of help feed the hungry. I hand out donated food to feed the poor and homeless each week.

  12. I too applaud're shedding light on something so important.

  13. That's a great cause. I've never heard of it before. Thanks for getting the word out.

  14. YES i agree with giving food to the homeless. I should tell a story of the homeless and money, that I talked to one about!

  15. hmmmm ... reality check for me

  16. great post. i very much feel we can all in differet ways help people who are hungry or have other problems. thanks rose


Thank you for stopping by! I would LOVE your comments!


Related Posts with Thumbnails