Deep well of caring abounds

By Observer editorial November 13, 2013 08:35 am

Disregard for a moment the woeful reality that, in a nation of abundance such as America, there are actually people who are starving, or perhaps more to the point, near starvation.

Hunger in America is often labeled a complex issue with no easy answers, but the truth is simpler and, perhaps, starker. The truth is that in a great democracy such as ours no one should be in a position where they must seek assistance from a food bank to survive.

Yet reality being what it is, food pantries and banks are critical — and often overlooked — safety valves for many people in local communities. 

That is why the recent success of the annual Community Action Network food drive is such good news. This small-town triumph also says a great deal about the giving nature of our community as a whole.

The drive — highlighted in a story in this newspaper Monday — produced nearly 36,000 pound of food items for the county food banks. 

In a perfect world, it would be nice if such wholesome endeavors were not necessary. However, numbers tell a harrowing story. In October, more than 1,500 people secured assistance from area food pantries. In September, more than 1,300 sought assistance.

The number of people who seek food assistance means efforts such as area food drives are not only a good thing but they are essential. That this community boasts individuals that not only give, but also help coordinate such efforts, means there runs a deep well of caring throughout Union County.

That, in and of itself, is more than good news. It is a noble example of what America is all about.