How much food in is thrown away per year? It is estimated that $100 billion is spent per year in a single country on food that is thrown away. The shocking figure, though, is that it would only take about $30 billion to feed the world’s hungry. When I read these figures on this report, I thought of my trip to Ecuador.
We travelled to the beautiful village of Otavalo and stopped at one of the Compassion projects. First, we spent some time playing with the adorable children.
We met the Pastor, Project Director and several of the teachers who spend so much of their time on behalf of the children. We were very impressed with all that they were doing.
Next, we were invited to lunch in the project. They served us chicken, huge corncobs unlike any we had seen before, beans, potatoes and other delicious items.
After lunch, we were invited to walk to a nearby home to see how the children in the area live. The mother was gracious to us, and we prayed for her family after visiting with her for a few minutes. It was easy to see why these children were in need of a sponsor, for the family had very little. We did not even see any food on the shelves.
As we headed back, we had quite a long climb up stairs and streets to get back to the project. We were stunned, for all along the way, we saw scenes like this:
Obviously, these children had been given the food we had not eaten — the left-overs. You will notice they were not eating this food; they were taking it home for younger siblings. You see, these children had already eaten at the project before we did. Now there was plenty left-over for their families, and their faces showed the joy of having some thing to share. It was a happy moment I will never forget. I always think twice now before I throw anything away.
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:9-10