Solving hunger problems can easily be compared to a game of baseball. Every individual effort counts, but wins really start adding up when an entire team or community joins in.
This is an analogy that hits close to home for Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman and active volunteer with Valley of the Sun United Way.
“Personally, this is so meaningful because I can’t imagine or think about children going without food,” Hill said. “Kids should not have to go hungry.”
In Maricopa County alone, 82,000 households struggle to put food on the table -- and 1 out of every 4 children in Arizona goes to bed hungry every night. And every day, United Way is working to wipe out hunger right here in our community.
For Hill, the idea of hungry children in Phoenix moves him to act because he has two children of his own.
“I can’t imagine how I would feel if it was my kids going hungry,” he says. “No child should ever have to face hunger, but so many kids in our community who are their age go to school without regular meals.”
Hill said he is excited to jump in the fight to end hunger in Phoenix. Both he and his wife, Elizabeth, are set on being active participants in the cause and not just voices behind it.
“We plan to teach our children about hunger and other community needs with volunteer projects. We both grew up learning the values of hard work and giving back. We want our kids to grow up the same way.”
“Ending hunger creates a strong community for everyone,” Hill said. “Students can focus on school and homework, and adults are healthy and productive at work.”
In addition to joining the Team to End Hunger, click here to find out all the different ways you can join in the effort to end hunger in Phoenix.
Aaron Hill is second baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks.