A Mom’s Instinct to Feed Her Child

Almost every afternoon my son calls me at work with the same question: “Mom, I’m hungry. What is there to eat?”

He’s 16 and six-foot-one, so he’s always hungry. I feel an instant pang of guilt when I realize I haven’t been shopping and there isn’t much food in the house.

“Um… Top Ramen?” I respond, hesitantly.

He sighs. “Again?”

“I’ll go shopping right after work,” I promise. “Burgers on the grill for dinner!”

As a mom, I have a powerful instinct to feed my kids. I can’t imagine not being able to provide enough food for them. Working at World Concern, I witness this heartbreaking dilemma regularly. I’ve met moms living in some of the poorest places in the world who struggle to find food for their children every day.

No matter where a mom lives, God gives her the same instinct to feed and nurture her child. I think of Mary, a young mom who is lives in a camp for families displaced by violence in South Sudan. She has a two-year-old and a newborn. She is only able to feed her family once a day right now.

“We have only beans and some flour,” she said. “Once this food runs out, we don’t know when we will get more. I sold some of the flour to buy oil and salt for cooking. I’m afraid that if we eat twice a day, we will run out sooner.

I want to run to Mary’s aid. I want to hand her bags full of groceries, overflowing with healthy vegetables and fruit to feed her kids. But I can’t. And even if I did, they would soon run out again.

That’s why World Concern helps families like Mary’s grow their own sustainable sources of food. Even during the crisis in South Sudan, we’ve been providing seeds, tools, and agricultural training so families can plant crops and harvest food after the rains. Otherwise, there will be nothing to harvest and families will face famine.

We also teach moms like Mary to grow vegetable gardens. This is a new concept for them, and they’re thrilled to learn the benefits of adding vegetables to their family’s diet. Vegetables can help protect their children from sickness and disease, and help them grow up healthy.

This is a worthwhile investment, and I feel better knowing that Mary has hope that this time of struggle and hunger will end.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, you have an opportunity to provide hope and practical help for moms like Mary—and have fun doing it! World Concern is hosting the Mobile Food Fight for Hunger, a food truck rally featuring 10 of Seattle’s top food trucks. You can bring your kids, your neighbors, your friends from church, and enjoy lunch from some amazing mobile chefs. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit World Concern’s programs to fight global hunger in places like South Sudan.

Your lunch will help moms like Mary feed their kids. Now there’s something to feel good about!

Join allmomdoes at the Mobile Food Fight for Hunger this Sunday, Aug. 31, at World Concern, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., in Shoreline. Visit www.mobilefoodfightforhunger.com for more information.

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