Hungry for a Cause
One of my favorite songs, especially at this time of year is, “Do They Know It’s Christmastime (Feed the World)” by Band Aid. The song happens to be a favorite of Ryan McKinnon, hero of my debut novel, Come Back to Me.
When not chasing after his wayward fiancée, Ryan McKinnon likes to lend a hand to help end world hunger. A big guy—we’re talking 6’6”—Ryan is often called upon to help load trucks with the assemble bags of food. Honestly, that’s fine with Ryan; he’d rather do the heavy lifting than talk in front of an audience.
With his background as a police officer, Ryan has seen the darker side of life. Living in the city of Tidewater, he also knows poverty and hunger can strike anyone. Children are often the most affected. And a hungry or hurting child is something he cannot stand to see. For this reason, Ryan is active with Stop Hunger Now, an international organization dedicated to ending world hunger.
Although Ryan is a fictitious character, Stop Hunger Now is a real program. Founded in 1998 the organization made it a mission to feed the world. This grass roots non-profit works with religious groups to raise funds to buy nutritious food then asks the local community to come out and help assemble bags. In a single afternoon, with the help of the community, Stop Hunger Now can assemble 20,000 bagged meals ready for shipment around the world.
For more information about this incredible organization go to: http://www.stophungernow.org/site/PageServer .