Roy Hall Jr. | Driven Foundation Executive Director
What Did You Eat For Dinner Last Night?
Last night I ordered Wingstop at 7:27pm. 10 lemon pepper wings, extra crispy; seasoned fries with extra seasoning, extra crispy; and a medium sized sweet tea!
I’d just finished up our Always Ready Professional Development Zoom Training and I was extremely hungry. You know the feeling; when your stomach feels like a 54 year old Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. are rumbling around boxing on the inside of your belly. Like their boxing match last Saturday, it wasn’t hard hitting, or overwhelming by any stretch of the imagination, but it definitely landed my attention.
Just before the Always Ready Training, I had leg-day at the gym. I have to be honest, after all the lifting and training as a professional athlete and playing football at The Ohio State University, it’s not my favorite and I occasionally skip it. Don’t judge me, lol. I know you’ve skipped your fair share of leg days. I managed to get some heavy squats in and a few other ancillary lifts as well. I was motivated knowing that if I trained my legs, that would warrant a huge calorie filled meal after. I don’t know the exact correlation between the two, but I felt like I deserved a reward for not skipping.
“For every rep on my last set, I will add a wing to my order,” I thought to myself. “10 reps it is! LET’S GO!”
I opened my Door Dash app, selected my wings and extra crispy fries, glanced at the $19.78 total, and hit the ORDER button without hesitation. Approximately 33 minutes later I was aggressively consuming my wings like a lion does in one of those History Channel shows about “Wildlife” when they hunt zebras or cows or whatever lions hunt!
I didn’t have to think about where I was going to get the money to eat. I had it. I was hungry. I opened an app. Paid for it, and 30-minutes later it was at my front door.
What did you have for dinner last night?
After you’ve answered that question I want you to try and answer this one:
If 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger in Ohio, what did they have for dinner last night?
How about this one:
If 1 in 7 adults struggles with hunger in Ohio, what did they have for dinner last night?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies households as ‘food insecure’ if they experience, at some time during the year, limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods. A ‘food insecure’ household often does not have enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
I’m not attempting to make you feel guilty for being able to provide a meal for you and your family each day, but I do want to make you aware that 1,624,180 people aren’t able to. Help the Driven Foundation give more households access to enough food to have a healthy week. We may not be able to meet their needs for each day but we can help provide a week’s worth of food to families at our 12th Annual Food Outreach event being held December 19th, 2020.
“If 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger in Ohio, what did they have for dinner last night?”
My Wingstop order (one meal, for one person) was $19.78. $25 can help feed a family of four for an entire week. Please join us to help fight hunger in Ohio.
Roy Hall Jr. is the Executive Director of the Driven Foundation, Co-Host of the Always Ready Podcast, a former Ohio State & NFL WR, and national keynote speaker. Roy can be reached here.
Highlights from Our 11th Annual Food Outreach
Due to COVID-19 restrictions our 12th Annual Food Outreach will look slightly different, but the impact will remain the same. Volunteers will be boxing up food, and delivering them to the homes of 200 Central Ohio Families. Contact us to volunteer and please consider sponsoring at least one family to receive food. $25 helps feed a family for an entire week.