Hunger pains strike close to home

Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 9:54 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

Local charities have become concerned with the growing food crisis as the prices of oil and gas keep increasing. Countries around the world are already suffering from lack of food, and now it's impacting those distributing nourishment to the needy.

"When we have to give more to the gas company, that means less food for the children," Feed the Children founder Larry Jones said.

The Oklahoma City-based organization depends on donations, but the rising cost of food is creating what some are calling a silent tsunami.

"As the saying goes, we're already feeling the waves of that," Jones said.

Jones said food banks and charities around the world have seen an alarming decrease in donations and food supplies. In some cases, the crisis resulted in conflicts and fighting.

"They are experiencing the same thing we are with higher gas prices," Jones said. "Unless somebody really gets a hold of this, we're going to see lots of starvation."

Feed the Children uses over 50 semis to deliver food across the country. The cost to fill up the truck is driving the organization to make a plea to the public.

"Difficult times mean we need your help more than ever," Jones said.

"I think this is a time we stand up and say, ‘I'm an American,'" Jones said. "Americans are hurting and let's make sure no child goes to bed hungry."

Jones said there's also a concern with using corn for ethanol. He said that's just another source of food that could be used to help feed the hungry.

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