Volunteer groups an important role in battle against hunger

Imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from. Most of us can’t, or don’t want to try.

For those who have to deal with this, especially children, the thought is one they can’t shake. No one should have to worry about not having enough food, but as we all know that isn’t the case.

People of all ages are going hungry and it’s a problem that isn’t going away. For our young people, it’s an added worry they shouldn’t have. School is a refuge for them during the week where they can get meals, but weekends are a different story.

Fortunately in Northeast Michigan that weekend gap is being tackled by groups making sure kids have food when they aren’t in school. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t decreasing but rather increasing.

With volunteer-driven programs like Feeding Kids Ministry in Alpena, Backpack Project of Rogers City and the Alcona Backpack Program, students in several area schools don’t go hungry during weekends when they otherwise might. These programs fill a need that is greater than anyone might imagine, and no one wants to see.

Until we are able to find a way to ensure that no one goes hungry, food programs like those in our area are necessary and make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable — our area’s young people.