On Sunday, October 5th, World Communion Sunday, I’ll be preaching at Southern Heights UMC in Leavenworth. As I began doing some prelimary research the other day I came across a photo essay that Time Magazine did called What the World Eats.
15 families from around the world are highlighted with a photo of them and what they would eat in an average week. The cost is then listed in local currency as well as the American Dollar equivalent. A family of six in Chad eats for about $1.23 a week. A family of four in Germany eats for about $500.07. They are not receiving the same level of nourishment (on many levels).
Of particular interest to me were the two families from the United States. A family of four in North Carolina spends $341.98 a week while a family of four in California spends $159.18 a week. Could that large of a difference come solely from the age of the kids?
It all gets me thinking, I wonder how much Heather and I spend on a week in food? I wonder how much that will change once Baby Clinger joins the family? How much would you guess that you and your family spend in a week on food?
And then the real kicker for me, how many others around the world could eat what they need each week if I were only eating what I need each week and being more intentional about providing support for the hungry in my community and around the world?