I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
While at the dinner table, telling my boys that some kids don’t have enough food to eat isn’t just some sort of guilt-tripping ploy to get them to eat their vegetables, it’s a very real fact.
When children are out of school for the summer, nearly 90 percent have limited or no access to the free or reduced price meals they receive at school during the school year. This means that children may be at even greater risk for hunger during the summer months. And kids can’t be kids when they’re hungry.
My boys were quick to suggest the food pantry at my youngest’s school, since we’ve often donated to their food drives. My oldest also reminded me that our school district does actually provide lunch to any child who shows up at the designated schools during the lunch hour on weekdays. Those are good starts, but more should be done to help.
If you are looking for ways to help:
- Volunteer: You can help transport food, help an existing feeding site with lunch preparation and clean-up or do activities with the kids. While providing meals is a top priority, fun activities are important in attracting children to feeding sites. Visit www.feedingamerica.org to find a nearby food bank in need of volunteers.
- Advocate: To find meal sites in your area, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479).
- Learn: To learn more about the issue of child hunger, visit www.childhungerendshere.com and click on the “tacking action” tab.
This summer, 26 food banks in 18 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to expand their summer feeding program, bringing more healthy meals to more children during the summer.
ConAgra Foods’ Hunger-Free Summer initiative with Feeding America has a goal of reaching at least 25 percent more children in need during the summer than before, over the course of five years. The program has supported the delivery of 3.8 million meals to children struggling with hunger over the summer, increasing the number of children reached by 166 percent and expanding the number of Feeding America food banks operating summer feeding programs.
ConAgra Foods has partnered with Kid President to help spread the message. Simply view, like or share the video below to help raise awareness for child hunger this summer. For each of these actions, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to two million meals.1
Kid President is awesome, so give the video a watch and help with #HungerFreeSummer!
1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of two million meals ($222,000). Valid in U.S. only.