At the Easter Dinner Table

Rachel Douglass Why Hunger?

Easter season is a lovely time of year. There aren’t many other holidays on the calendar which allow for time with family and friends to gather around a table and feel less rushed and more like a treat…as it should. The hustle and bustle of other holidays is distant and the shift in weather makes for an enjoyable time outdoors for activities like egg-hunts and mid-day picnics.

Often, households still have their traditions for what’s served at family dinner, we know not to mention politics to that specific relative, and many times we don’t want to hear the same story from that one uncle again this year. So what can you do to guide a meaningful conversation about the awareness of world hunger around the table this Easter with the ones you love? We challenge you to embrace the uncomfortable and ask difficult questions about an issue that roughly 795 million people around the world are affected by on a daily basis. So how, and when, should we bring up world hunger?

Before we start talking about something that can be both deeply personal to some and also incredibly foreign to others, we need to make sure that the people you’re engaging this conversation with know that you love and respect them. Always start there!

Focus on why you are motivated to help end world hunger and remember that not everyone will share the same perspective, but all perspectives are worth being shared. When mentioning global hunger, many people visualize images of malnourished babies. While accurate, it’s easy to forget hunger in the United States exists and wears many faces. Hunger stateside looks like the kids that share a classroom with our own, the single mom who feeds her children before daring to keep any for herself, the veteran struggling after their last tour of service or the elderly neighbor living on a low, fixed income and has a hard time leaving their home to purchase food with what little money is available. Both international and domestic hunger are important pieces in the world hunger puzzle and may resonate with people in different ways.

Tips for Starting the Conversation

Here are some tips for how to foster a thought-provoking, and possibly world-changing, conversations around the table.

1. Eliminate distractions. Wait until the devices are down and you’re able to connect with at least one person.

2. Try starting with an “I” statement. “I recently volunteered at a Hunger Project….” or “I just found out about this organization who is on a mission to end world hunger…”. Then share your heart on why this matters to you.

3. Ask questions. People have an opinion to share and they like to know that their thoughts are valued. Ask to listen and being direct is ok! “What do you think world hunger looks like?”

4. Build on the talk and use active listening. The motive for this intentional conversation is to learn from each other and discuss something that matters in an accepting way.

At Feeding Children Everywhere, we know that these aren’t easy conversations to start. But, if we are serious about ending hunger in our lifetime and we can’t talk about it with the ones we love most, then who can we talk about it with? No one can end hunger alone, but together, we can start a movement. Join us this Easter by starting conversations about food insecurity and how it has affected our world.