Monday, July 25, 2016

My Pensacola News Journal Oped: Help Farmers Feed Us All

Every Sunday, as Burwinkel Farms of Ohio sets up its summer food stand, a special pickup takes place. A member of the nearby Holy Family Church Pantry stops by to get some of the yummy fruits and vegetables that Burwinkels is so known for.

Burwinkels gives away many boxes of its produce to the Pantry, including some donated by customer purchase. This is fresh, nutritious food that will be distributed to low-income families in the coming week.

Fresh fruits and vegetables seem easy to find for many of us. Just a trip to the grocery store or farm stand and we can get the most nutritious food available.

See the full commentary at the Pensacola News Journal:

Yemen: The Forgotten Famine

Yemen has been in the news this week after Al Qaeda attacked a military base in the southern part of the country. Both the Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorist groups are operating in Yemen, which has been in chaos from a civil war since last year.

But what has not made the news is the biggest threat of all to Yemen: famine.

See my full commentary at the Huffington Post:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The forgotten victims of Boko Haram terrorism need our help with food aid

On World Refugee Day today, let’s remember the starving war victims from Boko Haram’s reign of terror.

Think of the farmers in Nigeria who have been forced from their land by Boko Haram’s attacks. Think of the malnourished children in Cameroon, internally displaced with their families because Boko Haram crosses the border from Nigeria with its terror.

Read the full article at

Train for Next Season and Answer Pope’s Call to Action

Championships can be won, in part, during the off-season. When my cross country team at Elder High School in Cincinnati went unbeaten and won the state title, one of the reasons was the summer.

Either we would run on our own, or meet with teammates for an evening run. Everyone on the team definitely kept in shape during the summer. I would say most of my teammates ran at least hundreds of miles. That way when the season started we were already in really good condition and ready for the races!

Read the full article at the Huffington Post:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pope Francis to make first visit to World Food Programme

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that Pope Francis will be visiting the agency's headquarters on June 13. This will be the first time a Pope has ever visited the WFP, which is based in Rome.

Read the full article at Examiner:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive vital to stop summer hunger

This Saturday, May 14, you can take action to feed the hungry just by leaving non-perishable food by your mailbox. It's the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It helps fight hunger by providing much needed support to Feeding America foodbanks all across the country.

On the morning of May 14 you are asked to leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox. These can be items like pasta, rice, peanut butter or any foods that have a long shelf life. Your donations of food will be picked up by your letter carrier that same day.

Read the full article at Examiner.