Around the world, some 800 million people go hungry every day. In the United States alone, that number is almost 50 million. With the massive wealth of so many developed regions of the world, and the incredible food stock afforded to those places, it’s a surprising and dismal fact.
Luckily, there are more than a few kindhearted individuals in the world who are trying to change that, from organizations whose sole purpose it is to feed the impoverished, to regional youth and religious groups who spend a great deal of their limited budgets on bringing meals to those who need them. One of these individuals is Rhode Island resident and Random Acts supporter Miranda Johnson.
Back in February 2014, Miranda decided to take the initiative and help put together bag-lunches for some of the hungry in her community. “Some friends and I [wanted] to put together … meals and then take them up to Boston,” she wrote. “[Our original plan was to] hand them out to the homeless and make sure that they were fed and didn’t feel forgotten or looked over.”
Miranda was able to request and receive funding through Random Acts to complete her project. After purchasing a myriad of snacks, peanut butter, sweets, and mints, she and her friends began assembling dozens of packed meals to take with them on their trek.
Although the group ran into a few hurdles along the way—one of which was their plan to distribute the lunches themselves— they were eventually able to sort them all out and contacted a local homeless shelter to donate the lunches instead.
“The project went well even though there were many complications [at first],” wrote Miranda. “When the lunches were dropped off at the shelter, the food truck had not come yet … the tenants had not had any food.”
The meals were a welcome surprise to the shelter residents, said Miranda. “As my mother and I left the shelter, the sack lunches were being taken up in handfuls to the residents for that evening. The food had been a welcome relief.”
With the help of individuals like Miranda, who are able to give of their time and efforts, the world might slowly begin to recover from the dire hunger statistics plaguing society. Random Acts’ mission statement, to change the world one small act of kindness at a time, is, after all, achievable.