A few years ago, I read the book, The Glass Castle. Did you read it? It really left an impression and got me thinking. Not so much about whether I would let me 3 year old cook hot dogs unsupervised but about how the kids in the book would forage through the trash cans in the school cafeteria for food that other kids had thrown away. Because they were always hungry.
When my friend Danielle and I had lunch a few weeks ago and she mentioned her Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, my ears perked up. She shared with me that 1 in 4 children in America suffers from “hunger anxiety.” That’s 17 million American children that are not sure if they will eat today. I imagine that learning anything at school becomes a real challenge if you’re constantly worried about your next meal.
The Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is asking families across the country to support them by hosting rallies in your neighborhoods. You can do anything you want – a garage sale, bake sale, lemonade stand. Get the kids involved. We’ll be supporting Danielle in St. Louis. I wanted to bring home the message to my kids that there are people who need our help, not just in faraway countries. We have neighbors who are probably hungry too.
Here’s the cool thing: Go to www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com to register your rally. They will send you a rally kit: a banner, some ConAgra Foods Coupons and posters. And when you donate any portion of your proceeds online…..that money STAYS IN YOUR LOCAL