Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Help the hungry

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

According to, 11.7 million children live in houses where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. That means one in ten households in the USA live with hunger or at the risk of it. In 2007, close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves and their families. In 2006, 12.2 percent of Americans didn't have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives, according to The poor economy has taken so many jobs away from people forcing them to give up everything resulting in hungry children.

I know one job may seem like enough but some people have to work two or three jobs just to buy the necessities in life. Some places you can help out are: Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, Lawrence Free Community Christmas, Salvation Army, Penn House Food Pantry, Ballard Center food pantry, Angel Food pantry and Trinity Interfaith food pantry. So take your children this winter to serve the hungry or donate to one of these organizations.

Alyssa Hicks,

Southwest Junior High


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 3 months ago

I am so happy to see those of your age group doing this. Hunger will always be with us, and we will always need someone to help and serve these people.Thank you for including the website. I have bookmarked it. Some of it is tough to watch, but it is even tougher for those who have to live though it. So, we owe it to them to open our eyes.Teens are pretty cool people.

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