Champions of the Global Goals: Melea Mosley
Solving the Hunger Problem at Home
Collin County, Texas is the seventh most populous county in the state of Texas, but it has a problem.
I’ve been living in Collin County for the better part of 15 years and I love everything about it. There’s a little bit of everything: sports venues, shopping, and an overwhelming number of culinary options (truly a foodie’s paradise). It lets you escape to the sprawling countryside, but it’s also close enough to the big city. Yet there is something that has always bothered me.
Collin County is booming, but there is one sector that is often overlooked: the impoverished and the hungry. In today’s rapidly evolving economic landscape with a dwindling middle class, poverty and hunger is becoming more prevalent. According to the North Texas Food Bank, the number of food-poor people in Collin County alone exceeds 135,000 people, which is an alarming statistic that is hard to comprehend.
For North Texas, there are over 850,000 food insecure households. While this is a significant number of my local population, this number pales in comparison to the national and international needs of our counterparts. Some reports say that there are 795 million people in the world who do not have enough food to live healthy and active lives.
Although these individuals are generally unseen and are the last to ask for help, there is no end in sight to the need for sustenance and nourishment in our community and abroad.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with the local food banks in the past. It’s a meaningful way to show local support to the families struggling financially in my community. Many times, the expense of groceries is put on the back-burner in order for families to pay for more important things like rent and utilities (Texas is hot, ya’ll). Summer is the hungriest season for those in need, likely because school is out of session and there are fewer resources and food drives for school children.
Our local population struggles more than we can comprehend, and hunger reaches far beyond that of our local communities. Don’t let your impoverished and hungry neighbors remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Ending hunger and poverty starts with you and me.
We are a piece of this puzzle, and I hope that we can all come together to help eradicate hunger to make this a brighter, healthier, and happier world.
Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and see how you can support Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.