As an educator in Kentucky Appalachia, I’m far too aware of the hunger problems that plague our children in the United States.
While our local school system does a great job with programs to keep healthy food alternatives available to all, there are relatively few options for the children after school, on the weekends and during the summer where food is often scarce in their homes.
Several teachers in our area have told me that several of their students cry at the end of the school year, not because of their affection of the school environment, but because they will no longer have a warm breakfast and lunch ready for them each day. We cannot ignore these cries!
In fact, according to statistics shared by the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign, one in five children struggle with hunger. They believe no child should grown up hungry in America and so do I.
No Kid Hungry aims to ensure that all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters.
This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities.
You can help in a number of ways with donations, volunteerism, and simply just bringing this issue to the forefront by joining NoKidHungry.org. There’s no shortage on ideas for how you can help make a difference to ensure no child is hungry, ever, and the No Kid Hungry experts will be happy to provide tips, information and tools for you to utilize in support of this important initiative.
Reach our today and help make a difference in your community. Visit NoKidHungry.org for all the details!