‘I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.’ ~Margaret Mead
I have to admit to you that probably the thing I most wrestle with as a food blogger is the thought of sitting here, day after day, creating and cooking and sharing hundreds of recipes with you, when there are so many in the world — even in our country — who do not have the luxury of having enough food to eat.
They are on my mind constantly. Especially the children who are hungry.
Currently, more than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 1 in 5 kids. And of those kids who receive free and reduced-price school lunches, only 1 in 7 receive receive summer meals. Study after study has proven that students who come to class having eaten breakfast perform better academically and can think clearly to make better decisions all-around. The effect in their lives is the better, of course, when that food is nutritious. But with 22% of our nation’s kids living in poverty, the reality is that so many of these kids aren’t given the opportunity to experience the potential of a well-fed life. Everything in my heart insists that this should not be so.
But while the issue of hunger is deep and complex, I love that hope and change are real. And happening right now. And every single one of us is born with a special part to play in making this world a better place for our children.
Yes, you! Me! All of us together!
I love it!
So my question to you today is — what role do you want to play?
Is there something about social justice and working through politics to achieve change that makes your heart beat faster? Is there a community service project with your church that you have been thinking about getting involved with? Are you a college student who might want to take an extra class or spend a summer volunteering with a local non-profit? Are you a parent who can find ways to teach and inspire your kids about child hunger and how they can make a difference? And for all of you foodies who love to cook — have you considered getting involved with a local community garden or food pantry?
Or even on a smaller everyday scale, have you considered trying to spend less and give more when it comes to food?
I have to admit that the issue of child hunger can seem so hopeless and overwhelming at times. But even sitting here writing this post tonight, I get really excited and encouraged when I think about what it would look like for all of us to spend even one hour in the next year doing some small thing to help this cause. Can you imagine??
I can tell you that — at least for myself — I have been praying a lot lately about how else I might be able to get involved in this season of my life, especially with some of the incredible local non-profs I love. But today I am also honored to be participating in an event called Food Bloggers Against Hunger, which is part of The Giving Table’s promotion of the documentary, A Place at the Table. I have yet to see it, but the film highlights our country’s issues with poverty and hunger. If you are looking for more resources for how to get involved, Share Our Strength’s is encouraging people to take one minute to send a letter to Congress so that they might continue to provide funding for school meals, and for two specific programs that feed many children and families that struggle to put food on the table.
But bottom line — however you want to get involved, I just encourage you to get involved. Do it in a way that is true to who you are, and I really believe that it will make us better, and it will definitely make the world a better place for our children.
Thank you so much for letting me talk about this today.
I also have a recipe to share with you for a simple, affordable, healthy and protein-packed breakfast that you can make to begin your day — these simple Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos. I hope you enjoy.
Lay the tortillas flat on a serving dish. Layer scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado and black beans down the center of the tortillas, then roll to close. Serve warm.
To Make The Black Beans:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Then add the black beans, chili powder, oregano, and cumin, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and let cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh cilantro and lime juice, then season with a generous pinch (or two) of salt and pepper.
I love breakfast burritos, and the advocado+black bean combo is always a win. You’ve transported me to burrito heaven Ali!!!
xx Alice from Le Grumeau
This sounds heavenly, have to try it!
This is definitely such a great cause and as food bloggers especially, who obviously have enough money to eat well and never think twice about food, we should get involved! Love this post.
And what a great breakfast burrito! Simple healthy and nutritious!
Such a great cause! And this is the perfect recipe to go with it :)
Such great thoughts on such a noble cause, Ali! And these look delicious for breakfast – or anytime really!
Such a great message, Ali!! And I am literally drooling over these breakfast burritos!
What a great cause! How cool that you get to be apart of such an awesome thing! And how awesome that you get to eat these burritos! They look killer!
What a perfect breakfast!
I love this cause. Your passion for social justice shines through these words, I love it! (And the burritos!!)
I’m with you Ali on the food blogger conundrum. I just thank my lucky stars I’m fortunate enough to not be on the other side of the table. Your burrito is just the right protein packed example of a great breakfast. And purdy too!
YUM! These look great! Can’t wait to try these out.
Thanks, Ali, for sharing this cause. These burritos looks absolutely perfect!
Love your passion for reaching those in need! The recipes sound delicious, and I plan to use the black beans in many ways! I do have a question – – do you drain and rinse the canned beans before adding them? Thanks!
These look so delicious! Perfect for a healthy breakfast or lunch!
I like the recipe (I am a breakfast fan) and the cause. I’ve been reading about it a lot lately. It’s great that you take a part in it.
Thanks for sharing this message, Ali, and as a mom, I can’t even imagine hungry kids. Makes my heart hurt!
These look SO darn good!! I absolutely love the combination of eggs and avocado. Throw in my beans and veggies and it sounds perfect :).
Such a worthy cause, thanks for sharing Ali! The burritos sound wonderful, love the simplicity.
I hear you loud and clear. It’s so sobering.
These breakfast burritos look so perfect for breakfast. I love the simplicity of them, Ali!
Such a great cause! This looks amazing; I LOVE making burritos for breakfast and for lunch too! Such a versatile recipe for anytime of the year!
Great post Ali….and gorgeous burrito. I need one. Now.
My heart breaks for all these kids. Great cause Ali. Thanks for spreading the word.
These breakfast burritos are a great start to any day. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post (Meyer lemon tart) left on Sommer’s Blog
Black bean and avocado are always so beautiful together :) this looks delicious!
Savory breakfasts are my favorite. This looks perfect!
These little burritos look really very tasty, and your photos are making drool!
Yum! These burritos sound pretty delicious. I don’t eat “real” eggs, so when I make them I will just use a vegan egg substitute. Love breakfast burritos!
Do you have nutrition info for your recipes?
Hi Ellen! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
Should the can of black beans be drained?