Let’s talk about hunger for a moment. In the food news frenzy of this city, it’s easy to become numb to those who have little to fill their bellies. But the truth of childhood hunger in Charleston County is all too real. In fact, 28 percent of kids in this state are food insecure, according to feedingamerica.org.

But it’s so much more than a statistic. You see my good friend is a guidance counselor at a Summerville elementary school. Every day she sees little ones come through her door with barely enough fuel in their stomachs, let alone the resources at home to feed a family over the weekend. Which is why she told me her biggest goal this year is to establish a food closet at the school; a place where donations could be stored to send home with kids who may need an extra bite. It’s an enormous task.