Hungry? Feed yourself – and others.

Have you ever been hungry? Not just “Boy, I need a scone from Starbucks” hungry, but stone cold “I could eat my own arm and there are rows and rows of food staring at me but no money to pay for it hungry”?

I haven’t. And I’m grateful. And I’m grateful to the bloggers who’re using their megaphones to highlight the issue of childhood hunger in America, which is so often dismissed as a problem “over there”.

In Dallas, Laura Thornquist highlighted how taking action doesn’t have to be complicated, or remove us from our daily routine. She asked her neighbors to come over and contribute some food to the cause of ending childhood hunger.

Bam. Difference made. She also pointed out some high value $1.50 ConAgra coupons that allow you to purchase foods you may already use at a discount- but still give back at the same time. A double win. Every purchase fills a plate.

New England blogger Mommy Niri traveled to Los Angeles (sponsored by ConAgra) to get a better sense of the Childhood Hunger Ends Here Campaign, and she shares a really moving account of filling backpacks at the LA Food Bank. She also hosted a rally at her local mall in Massachusetts.

But your support doesn’t have to be as an organizer, although that’s great!

Other ways to show your support:

  • Become a Facebook fan of Childhood Hunger Ends here
  • Follow ConAgra Foods on Twitter for updates and info. Use the hashtag #FightChildHunger to ask questions, get info, and help spread the word that childhood hunger ends now.
  • It’s not too late to host a rally or fundraiser! Remember, it can be anything that brings people together, PTA or bake sale proceeds, yard sales, school carnival…or have all the parents who used to be in bands play a backyard show and charge cover. They’ll have fun, believe me!  It’s the small things that add up to make a HUGE difference. Then you donate a portion or all of the proceeds to Feeding America. All money and food raised stays in your local area! To register and receive a rally kit head over to Childhood Hunger Ends here.
  • Make a direct donation to Feeding America here.

There’s one thought in particular that  I want to leave with you, which is especially worrisome as the summer break approaches.   During the school year, 19.5 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.2 million children receive meals during the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program.  Now, whether the gap is 17 million or even half of that number, too many kids struggle with hunger during the summer months. Because of this, please consider registering to host your own rally. Every dollar raised and donated online will stay in your community to help kids in need.

Thank you for helping to redistribute the goods in our American economy so that no little bellies go hungry in a land with such long aisles of groceries stacked so high. It just makes sense.

So, talk to me! For EVERY COMMENT ON THIS POST, $1 WILL BE DONATED IN MY BLOG’S NAME TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER. Tell me your stories: Have you been hungry? Have you seen hunger in a child’s face? How can we help? What small changes can we make?

Looking forward to your thoughts.

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Comments (14)

  1. Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    I am so thankful to say I have never known hunger. Thank you for sharing this chance to GIVE in a simple way. .-= Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First´s last blog ..Why You Should Start a Garden =-.
  2. Kristi @kristigriem Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    I am so grateful that I have never really known hunger. I grew up overseas and recently went to Calcutta, India. Hunger was something that faced you straight up from the moment you woke up and looked out the window. Thanks to ConAgra for doing this!
  3. Rock and Roll Mama Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Alyssa and Kristi-? Thank YOU so much for helping shine a light on the fact that hunger is so real and raw- it's the essence of need, and no child should face it. THANK YOU, and many, many hugs.:) .-= Rock and Roll Mama´s last blog ..Hungry? Feed yourself – and others. =-.
  4. Noah Masterson Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Great post. Thank you. .-= Noah Masterson´s last blog ..5 Things Yahoo! Does Better Than Google (and Everyone Else) =-.
  5. Michelle Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Great ideas! Our local food bank only supplies kids in our city (Arlington, tx) food backpacks at one school. I started a nonprofit and providing one school 60 backpacks. I will also be cooking food at an apt complex this summer because the school is only providing food through July 1. Sometimes you can get great local support having a grassroots organization (through churches, word of mouth), some people prefer to help that way instead of a huge organizaiton as least those are the comments I have heard from several people.
  6. Michelle Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Never has there been a better reason to comment on a blog! :-)
  7. Kelly Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    I am thankful not only that I have food security, but that I am able to help others in my area with food security. My family and I run a local food drive 2x per year, volunteer to make and serve food for local shelters, and donate to our local "backpack pals" program. This is something near and dear to my heart, so thank you for calling attention to it! .-= Kelly´s last blog ..QOTD: On Wednesday =-.
  8. The Drama Mama Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    There was a time in my life when I didn't have money and I was hungry. I can still remember how that felt today. Thanks for the wonderful post today.
  9. amanda Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    So amazing! .-= amanda´s last blog ..Angles of guile =-.
  10. Boston Mamas Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Thanks for sharing this post L. We are big supporters of food drives, etc. We tend to respond to call to actions from our school, but it occurs to me that it would be great to just leave a bag in the car (or kitchen, or wherever there is room). And for each grocery run, pick up one extra canned good or box of pasta or whatever and drop it into that bag. When the bag is full, donate it and start again. -Christine .-= Boston Mamas´s last blog ..Dear Boston Mamas: Summer Camps =-.
  11. Rockandrollmama Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Thank you all for coming by and sharing some of your experiences- They matter. And I'm humbled and grateful for your presence.
  12. ThePeachy1 Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    I remember so many years ago while working and going to school as the divorced mom of 2 little kids, opening a dented can of lima beans and splitting a heal of bread between them for dinner one night. I remember pretending not to be hungry so things wouldn't be split 3 ways. Things changed for us, thru hard work and luck. I am glad that today there are groups out there doing just what you are doing. Fantastic ! I hope those who honestly need the help it get it.
  13. niri Wednesday - 26 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Thanks Lindsey for the shout out. This topic is too close to me. I have more than known hunger in my life. Also the importance of magnifying that hunger is really in our neighborhood is important. As much as I volunteer I also look at my friends and neighbors. When someone has a job loss we drop off little surprises without making their pride take a hit. Food, clothes and errands. The small things do make a difference. .-= niri´s last blog =-.
  14. Cammie Thursday - 27 / 05 / 2010 Reply
    Wow! What an eye opener! I am spreading the word! Thanks for taking a role and informing us! .-= Cammie´s last blog ..Talent Shows and Wardrobe Malfunctions =-.

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