Yeah hunger, been there done that, and there isn’t anything funny about it.
It isn’t a game like tag for children to play, some sort of recreational pastime, but humor can be an instrument to raise awareness and compel people to take a second look.
In that vein I think the approach Share Our Strength has taken with their Scraped Plate site serves a viable end.
How often does the average person or family really think about the amount of food being wasted as they scrape it into the disposal or waste basket?
How often will people sigh or moan when leftovers are served – and in the midst of the sighing and moaning how often do they think about the hungry and how those very leftovers would be perceived as a banquet by the needy?
Leftovers are a way of life for a large percentage of this countries and the worlds population.
Everything from leftover food, clothing, even rundown or abandoned housing, and leftover social and governmental concern.
Public education has fallen on such hard times it too can be listed among the leftovers, as can the infrastructure, healthcare, and even the environment.
The fatted calf is reserved for the elite and a policy of leftovers trickling down through a rigged economy to those who need it the most.
There are individuals, entire families whose basic needs are met by what has become known as “dumpster diving”.
It’s obvious a mass collection of doggy bags isn’t viable, and I’m not suggesting it is anymore than Scraped Plate is – what is viable is for people take a second look.
A second look at their personal habits and governmental waste.