Hunger is a global problem that affects people all over the world even in America. It may not appear as so because our media tends to focus on starving families in third world countries instead of highlighting the ones living in our backyards.
According to Feeding America, a domestic organization that provides hunger relief, about 42 million Americans including children, seniors and veterans living on low income are affected by hunger. The charity has set up food banks and pantries across the nation, but there's still plenty of stomachs that need to be filled and one man, Roman Espinoza, is trying his best to make a difference.
The 46-year-old veteran served for 25 years in the army before pursuing a college degree in Chemical Dependency and Human Services at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York. While working on his double major, Espinoza noticed that there was a food pantry set up at the college, which came as a surprise.
"I was like 'wow, I did not know that colleges have food pantries,'" he told Goodhousekeeping.com. "I just assumed that if you could afford to go to school, then you could afford to eat."
His realization pushed him to do some research on hunger in the U.S. which led him to discover blessing boxes. On college presentation day, he shared his idea with the school, his professors and classmates and with their support he began to set up his very own blessing box.
Click on the next page to see how Espinoza's blessing box is making a difference.