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Originally published: 2013-09-19 11:42:32
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Our View: Hunger is not an isolated concern

When a single nonprofit agency is running six crisis food assistance programs that aid nearly 2,000 people per month -- and it's not enough -- there's hunger concern in the High Country.

The Hunger and Health Coalition has been at work for more than three decades, and the need is as great today as anytime during its 31-year history. As the director of the organization recently said, what was once considered a crisis situation for many families in need is today simply a way of life.That's the bad news. 

The good news is that this coalition doesn't work in isolation. Indeed, it only survives through the generosity of our community. During the coalition's long history in the High Country, that generosity has assisted in hundreds of thousands of aid situations by providing food to the hungry and helping to address poverty in our community through direction to other resources that can build permanent solutions.

Those solutions don't come easily, but they can come at a discount. For every $1 donation, for example, the Hunger Health Coalition can buy $7 worth of groceries for local families.

That's one way to help. 

Directly donating food at various points throughout the High Country is another. And especially helpful are the efforts of our seasonal residents who elect before they leave for the season to clean out their pantry of unopened food items and donate them to the coalition. Fundraisers, such as the Hunger Health Coalition's upcoming Run for Hunger on Oct. 12, are also vital to supporting the agency's mission.

Hunger strikes at individuals, but it is not an individual problem. Only through community support -- neighbor helping neighbor -- can we work toward feeding those in need.