General Purpose: To persuade
A. How many of you are worried about where your next meal will come from? Are you unsure of how you’re going to purchase next week’s groceries or what you will be feeding your children for dinner tonight? This probably isn’t something most of you think about from day to day. When you are hungry, you eat. It’s easy for you to grab a sandwich, order a pizza, or run through the drive thru when you are on the go. However, there are many families, not just in other countries, but here in the United States as well, that are going hungry every day. According to kidshealth.org, a child dies from malnutrition and related causes every 6 seconds.
B. Children all over the world are going hungry and are in need of help. Organizations like Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) help these children get the food they need. I will be telling you about Feed My Starving Children today to show you how they are feeding hungry children in the United States and all over the world with the help of volunteers like you.
C. Tonight I will present the epidemic of malnourished children and the effects it has on them. II. SHOWING THE NEED
A. Poverty is one of the main contributing factors to child hunger in the United States. According to worldhunger.org, 14.7 million children in the U.S. are facing poverty. That number is up 20% since the year 2000 because of the economy, loss of jobs, and home foreclosures. 25% (1 in 4) of American children have food insecurity which can cause malnutrition. Food insecurity is being without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.
B. The effects of malnutrition can be severe and even include death as I previously stated. The 3 most common ways that malnutrition appears in children are stunting, wasting, and being underweight. Stunting is being too short for their age, wasting is having a low weight for their height (also have a markedly increased chance for death), and being underweight is classified as having a low weight for their age (can also be stunted or wasted). According to UNICEF, stunting affects 195 million children under the age of 5 in the developing world, approximately 26 million children under the age of 5 are extremely wasted, and an estimated 129 million children under the age of 5 are underweight.
C. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems and get sick more often, therefore, the cost of healthcare goes up. Malnutrition can also permanently alter a child’s developing brain which has the potential to stunt intellectual capacity and slow their ability to learn and interact with others.
D. A shocking 49% of babies born in the U.S. are born to families receiving WIC (a food assistance program for women, infants, and children). According to a news article on ABC.com, a proposed budget cut for this year includes major cuts to food aid programs in the United States. These cuts could affect up to 350,000 people receiving WIC alone. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (which provides food to food pantries) is facing a $50 million budget cut (1/5th their budget). Many families rely on these programs and will be affected by these budget cuts. (Transition Statement: Now that I have told you some shocking facts about child hunger, let me show you how you as an individual can help children who are facing this situation.) III. SATISFYING THE NEED
A. There is a simple, cheap, and effective way to help alleviate some of the child hunger in the world, and that is to get involved in programs like Feed My Starving Children.
B. There are quite a few organizations to help feed underfed children in the United States and around the world, but I chose to ask you to help out with FMSC. This non-profit, Christian organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause according to a charity evaluator on the internet called “Charitynavigator.org.”
C. FMSC helps feed children of the...