Skip Lunch May 6th

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29 April 2009

In 1943, Abraham Maslow theorized that humans have a predetermined ranking of needs. Called the Hierarchy of Needs, Maslow organized human needs in a pyramid, the base containing physiological needs: food, water, shelter, breathing, etc.  Milling about our day to day lives, pouring over our 401ks, green over friends’ engagements and fighting with Time Warner for a $26 error, we often forget that many of our fellow New Yorkers have yet to move beyond Maslow’s first level. In fact, 1 in 5 New York City children do not have enough to eat.

Leave it to the do-gooders at City Harvest to remind fashionistas-in-training, Wall Street whiners and the recently unemployed alike that our gripes fail in comparison to the daily battle of a parent or child without enough to eat. Their idea: An economically friendly, single day city-wide effort to provide NYC children one of the most important physiological needs: FOOD. On May 6th -that’s next Wednesday people– City Harvest asks you to skip your $12 chopped salad or $5 Footlong in favor of old school brown bagging it. (Oh, but don’t actually use brown bags! That wouldn’t be eco-friendly, now would it?) Instead, donate whatever your circa 2000 LV wallet can muster to City Harvest’s annual Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger day.

Skip Lunch$10 feeds 7 children for a week. $20 feeds three children for a month. $50 feeds three children for the entire summer. Hunger isn’t something the greatest city on earth should face, and certainly not something parents and children should shoulder alone. Visit www.skiplunch.org to learn how you can donate individually or gather a team of coworkers to help City Harvest meet their $600,000 goal.  And anyway, recession special lunches are like so last month.


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