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Packing Lunches for the Mothers Who Can’t by Susan Ward

I hate packing lunches for my kids. I know that hate is a strong word but I really do hate it. It takes a maximum of 20 minutes but in my head it takes 2 hours. My kids are in preschool and I only need to pack their lunches twice a week. I pack them at night and the entire day leading up to those nights, I’m thinking about how awful it will be to pack lunches later.

I’m not quite sure why I hate it so much. I just do. I long for the day when I can pass this task along to my children to pack lunches themselves. Until that day though, I’m destined to pack the lunches myself and whine about it every now and then.

A few weeks ago, I was whining on Facebook about packing lunches and a friend posted a comment that made me think twice about my bad attitude. I’m paraphrasing but she said something like “I love making lunches for my daughters. I love the feeling I get knowing I’m providing a nutritious meal for them while they are at school.”

Her words made me see a different perspective of packing lunch. What I see as a hassle: cutting up strawberries and bagging sandwiches, she sees as a blessing to provide.

I recently came across some facts about world hunger:

There are more than a billion hungry people in our world today.

One of seven people in the developing world suffers from hunger. 400 million are starving children.

Undernutrition is associated with more than half of all childhood deaths.

A child dies every 15 seconds because he or she is severely underweight or lacks essential nutrients. This is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.

Every 15 seconds. The equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every single day. I can’t imagine that our society would stand for a horrifying tragedy such as 20 jumbo jets crashing each day. We would be outraged and demanding that changes be made to airplane safety.

Why does the statistic about crashing jets cause us to cringe so much? I believe it is because we can relate to that. Most of us have been on airplanes. I bet if 20 planes were crashing every day, we’d think twice about boarding a plane. We wouldn’t want to be a part of that statistic. We would demand change.

Sadly, we read a statistic about starving children and it doesn’t always trigger the same outrage because we can’t relate. We aren’t in danger of starving. Our kids are more likely to fill up on snacks before dinnertime than go to bed with an empty stomach because there was no food for them to eat all day.

This Mother’s day, Floris UMC is partnering with an organization called Stop Hunger Now to package 80,000 meals for hungry children around the world. That’s not a typo. We really are packaging 80,000 meals in two and a half hours.

As a mother, I smile when I think of all the children who will have something to eat because of the meals that are being packaged that day. I also think of the mothers of the hungry children who will receive the meals. The mothers who are unable to provide three meals a day for their children. The mothers who will be able to watch their children receive a meal and not go to bed hungry for at least one night.

Perhaps you would like to honor your mother, the mothers in your life and the mothers around the world by participating in this packaging event. This packaging event is a way for an entire family to honor mothers together. Adults and children alike can participate.  For more information or to sign up for this event, visit: www.florisumc.org/stophungernow.

About Susan Ward

Susan worked at Floris UMC for ten years. She has a passion for connecting people and helping others share their stories through social media. She is married to a pastor named Tim and is a mom to three.

2 comments

  1. Susan,
    Thank you for writing this. I dislike making lunches each night too. I know I am so blessed to have su much and saddened that others don’t have the luxury of having enough food to feed their family. When I prepare lunches tonight for tomorrows lunch, I will prepare them with love.

  2. Susan,
    Another wonderful and inspiring blog!!! I have been packing Sean’s lunch for 11 years and only have one more to go…. although it is truly a chore and I don’t look forward to it, I am comforted that he is getting a good meal and that he is appreciative of it — I will miss it when he is gone…. Also, very excited to participate on Mothers day to help pack 80k lunches for Stop Hunger Now!!!!!!!!

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