No kid should ever be hungryPosted by MomOnMars on September 06, 2012
As many of you know, I’m actively involved each year in the Food 4 SA campaign to collect a million pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank in November, along with one of my clients and Food 4 SA sponsor, Security Service Federal Credit Union.
Food is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I like to eat.
I remember my mom used to tell me to eat everything on my plate. After all, there were starving children in China. Having actually moved to China in my adult years, I can tell you that that is not so much a true statement anymore. I did see a lot of poverty and pain, but never a hungry child. In fact, the running commentary from my students was that children in China are so much bigger and taller than those raised during the Cultural Revolution because they have enough food to eat.
But that’s not the point. The point is that there are STARVING CHILDREN IN OUR OWN BACK YARDS. And, it doesn’t really matter which community you live in. One out of five children in America face food insecurity…meaning, they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s 16 million kids who have a hard time focusing on their school work, get sick more often and are more likely to drop out of high school.
These kids are hungry. But you can help.
September 6-9 is Go Orange for No Kid Hungry. And it’s a family kind of a thing.
- Make plans for you and your friends to wear orange. Take a photo and send it to Share Our Strength at firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to Facebook or tweet using #GoOrange hashtag.
- Enter the essay contest with cash prizes by answering the question: “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”
- Donate $$ to your local Food Bank. Now I realize that you can also donate food, but here’s an interesting thought. For the one dollar you spent on that jar of peanut butter, the Food Bank can buy about $13 worth of food. So, just by sending in cash, you are multiplying the effect of your donation by bazillions. Okay, not really bazillions, but you get what I’m going for here.
- Grab the kids and go volunteer some time at a food pantry.
- Are you a writer? Write a blog post or a news story for your employee newsletter.
- Use your social media profiles to share information about hunger in America and how to help.
There are so many other ways to help, too. Check out some more ideas at http://www.nokidhungry.org/.
Whatever you do, just do something. Because no kid should ever be hungry.
(photo courtesy of Dorota Kaszczyszyn, SXC.hu)
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