Hunger is one of the most significant issues in America. One in eight Americans struggles with hunger, and more than thirteen million children live in food insecure homes. As Christians we are called to address the suffering of the hungry and poor: "For I was hungry, and you gave me food . . ." (Matthew 25:35). However, the problems of hunger and poverty are too large and too complex for any one of us to resolve individually.
I Was Hungry offers not only an assessment of the current crisis but also a strategy for addressing it. Jeremy Everett, a noted advocate for the hungry and poor, calls Christians to work intentionally across ideological divides to build trust with one another and impoverished communities and effectively end America's hunger crisis. Everett, appointed by US Congress to the National Commission on Hunger, founded and directs the Texas Hunger Initiative, a successful ministry that is helping to eradicate hunger in Texas and around the globe. Everett details the organization's history and tells stories of its work with communities from West Texas to Washington, DC, helping Christians of all political persuasions understand how they can work together to truly make a difference.
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About the Author
Jeremy K. Everett (MDiv, Baylor University) is the founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, an organization that partners with the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, the corporate sector, and thousands of faith- and community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through policy, education, research, and community organizing. A noted advocate for the hungry, he served on the National Commission on Hunger, has spent over two decades ministering to the poor, and frequently speaks on poverty, hunger, community development, and social entrepreneurship. Everett regularly writes for HuffPost and has been featured in PBS documentaries, in newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, and on talk shows.
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Beckmann
1. Disaster: What I Learned from a Hurricane about Tackling the Hunger Disaster in America
2. Broken Streetlights: Finding Our Commonality amid Crisis
3. A Priest and a Prostitute: It Really Does Take Nearly Losing Your Life to Find It
4. The People: Finding Citizenship in the Right Kingdom
5. The Desert: Moving from Mind-Sets of Scarcity to Abundance
6. Organize: How a Shared Response Can Create Scalable Solutions to Our Communities' Greatest Social Challenges
7. The West Side: Once You Engage a Community, Fear Cannot Hold Out against Love
8. Politics: Searching for Consensus amid a Landscape of Contention
9. Together at the Table: The Texas Hunger Initiative's Story of Organizing a Systemic Response to Hunger
10. Justice: Our Cultural Moment to Find Common Ground for the Common Good
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jeremy K. Everett's book I Was Hungry, although a non-fiction book, pulls the reader into its pages. Everett shares numerous stories of his experiences working to end hunger primarily in Texas. The stories he shares are gripping and are important to show the depth of hunger, poverty, and suffering that exists in the U.S.A. The stories also set the stage for the important information Everett shares regarding how disparate groups can join together to help end hunger in America. Everett provides a blue print for exactly how community-based organizations, churches, and government organizations can work together to accomplish what no organization can do individually. This blue print has been developed and honed through Everett's own grass-root experiences and service on the National Commission on Hunger. He shares the mistakes he has made and what he has learned so that others may benefit from his experiences. While Everett definitely writes from a Christian perspectives, individuals of other faith backgrounds or now faith background can benefit from his experiences. He specifically encourages varying groups to talk together and build relationships in order to find common ground and create a better America instead of demonizing others and having a "win" at all costs attitude. Everett does not sugarcoat the difficult issues or the hard work that it will take to end hunger. Many of his stories will make you angry, but the same stories and the stories of communities who are making a difference will inspire you to take action in your community. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not obligated to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.