Our favorite hunger blog post pitches… and the winner!

For last week’s ONE Act, we asked our members to pitch us a blog post on World Food Day and hunger. More than 80 people submitted their ideas, and I was moved by how heartfelt, passionate and personal they were.

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Many wrote about their experiences in the developing world, their work with anti-poverty nonprofits and their commitment to community volunteering. I wish we could have accepted all the submissions, but there can only be one. So, without further ado, I’d like to announce our winner: Amy Spindler.

Here’s her winning pitch:

“World Food Day takes me back to my first days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. When I first saw children hauling water home from the river, I thought the containers were full of milk. How naive. World Food Day takes me to the remote mountainous villages of Tajikistan, where I later worked with women and children who subsist on tea and bread for weeks until the start of harvest. This day reminds me that we are all empowered through knowledge and action. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed instead of empowered to make make change. My blog post would suggest five simple ways to fight hunger when you can’t work out in the field like I have. From writing our leaders to ensuring less food waste at home, there are lots of things we can all do.”

Can’t wait to read her full blog post! Here were some close runners-up:

“I grew up on a dairy farm in Canada, and spent 10+ years of my life learning from African farmers how they have developed elegant farming systems to fit the needs of the environment and their families. I was able to use my knowledge of plant breeding to work with the farmers (mostly women) to provide small changes to those systems by increasing yield of crops by increasing resistance to disease or enhancing the response to available moisture. During this time I saw troubled countries (Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique) turn into bread baskets for their regions. I met presidents and Nobel laureates, but I learned the most from African smallholder farmers — most of them women. Africa has a remarkable capacity to surprise and educate.” -Stan Blade

“My piece would revolve around the facts and the what-ifs. The what-if scenarios and the facts that can eliminate or change the world hunger crisis. What if you were born in the Horn of Africa? What if your child had not ate in days? What if he lay dying in front of you to weak to move or play? What if America were Africa and no one gave us the time of day? The people turned away? What if it could be solved. It can. And on I would write. I see it being a pretty poetic piece.” – Stacey Phillips

“World Food Day means more than just providing for those who are food insecure, it’s about developing food security systems that are sustainable and contribute to society in other ways without creating additional problems. Food security shouldn’t come at a cost. Contributing to the fight against world hunget is everyone’s job; as for myself, it’s not just about special events or fundraising programs, it’s a complete state of mind that is exercised through every decision I make about food – by not buying more than I need, by choosing to buy locally, and by creating awareness any way I can.” -Jennifer Couture

“I work for a non-profit, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (www.gcnf.org), and I would love to write about global hunger and the impact school feeding programs have on children and education in developing countries. GCNF has been instrumental in helping establish school feeding programs in many countries across Africa.” -Julie Burke

“World Food Day is a great opportunity to make the well-fed aware of the FACTS about world hunger. I’d like to contribute to the fight against world hunger by creating a creative guerilla campaign to place in lunchrooms, cafeterias, and public eating areas. For example, when people go to throw their plates & leftover food away, they can’t help but notice the ads that state facts about world hunger & a web address leading them back to a landing page with more facts & ideas on ways they can help join in the fight.” -Heather Johnson

“I believe that the key to ending world hunger is not only to provide food for temporary relief, but to provide RESOURCES by which poorer nations will be able to support themselves even without relief aid. World Food Day should thus be a day where we raise awareness for how to make these resources available to such nations. For example, we could encourage the distribution of fishing poles to small villages. Not only would teaching them how to fish allow for a small business operation, but it will also provide a long-lasting solution to hunger.” –Felisha Eugenio

Congrats again to Amy Spindler. And keep participating in ONE Act a Week. This week’s action is all about moms.