With the holidays coming up, it’s easy to reflect on how good I have it, all things considered. My family and I have relatively good health, we have a roof over our head, clothes to wear, and food on our table. We can somewhat afford to be discerning about what fills our refrigerator and pantry. On any given day, my kids have a choice on what they want to eat for breakfast or what they want to pack for lunch. I hate admitting this, but Peanut has the luxury of declaring how he dislikes sandwiches on that particular day and has the choice to bring something else for his school lunch. But for 1 in 5 children*, the possibility to be a persnickety eater is non-existent, because their choices are non-existent. Those 16 million children* are those who live in poverty and struggle with hunger. I’m not talking about a far-off country either; those 16 million children live right in America and are going to school hungry:
The good news is, it’s a fixable problem. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign approaches the solution from three different focus points: Access, Education, and Awareness. They help provide children with access to solutions like school breakfast programs. They help provide nutritional education to lower income families so that these families can cook healthy and affordable meals. Finally, No Kid Hungry works to actively shine a spotlight on the issue of child hunger in this country.
This is where you come in. For $1, Share our Strength can provide 10 school breakfasts for a child in need. For an entire school year of breakfasts, it’s just an $18 donation. Think about it: if you were dropping off your child to school and saw one of his or her classmates hungry every morning, wouldn’t you feel compelled to bring even an extra breakfast bar to that child? I know I have done just that simple act alone to the child in my son’s daycare who came in day after day with just a bag of Cheeto’s for breakfast. (Cheeto’s are not brain food for a 3 year old!) Consider making a donation and help make an impact in a child’s life. And since the holidays are rolling around, how about making a donation in a loved one’s name? (Look! You get a special card too!)
*Source - http://www.nokidhungry.org/