RSS Email

Make It A #HungerFreeSummer For Kids

This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood, and I’ve been compensated for my time. However, all opinions are my own.

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 children in the US are at risk of hunger?  Sit back and think about that number, it’s disturbing on many levels. In my opinion no child should ever have to go hungry and worry about where their next meal will come from.

Some 21.5 million kids rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, when school is out, only 2.3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program.  Children may not have access to the summer meal assistance programs for many different reasons like low awareness, geographic barriers and limited availability of summer meal programs.  For the millions of kids who fall within that gap, summer doesn’t mean a few months of fun and relaxation. It means they may be at risk of hunger.

This summer, 29 food banks in 20 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to overcome barriers and the Food Bank of Delaware located in Newark is one of the facilities receiving an HFS grant which is awesome.

I know for a fact that local elementary schools in our area sent home notices about the summer food program at the local food bank here in Delaware which is awesome because it let people know about the program and I’m hoping that it allowed a lot of families a resource to help feed their children during the summer.

Child hunger is really sad because children struggling with hunger can often lose focus in school and lack the power to learn.  Even is hunger is only temporary, its impact can last a lifetime and in my opinion NO child should ever have to go hungry.

Thankfully Conagra Foods and Chris O’Donnell have joined forces to bring much needed awareness to this issue.  Chris worked with ConAgra Foods to develop a video and a simple way for others to join in the fight against child hunger.  For every view a meal is donated.

So please watch the below video (from start to finish) and/or share the video and in return ConAgra Foods will donate one meal to Feeding America.  I can’t think of an easier way for you to help make a difference in a hungry childs life.

I am begging ALL of of my readers to share this video with every single person you know and help spread the word so that we can help make a difference.

Also, below is a list of Food Banks receiving HFS Grants in 2013 in case you know someone who may need the assistance.

Organization Name City State
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Phoenix AZ
Redwood Empire Food Bank Santa Rosa CA
Care and Share Food Bank Colorado Springs CO
Capital Area Food Bank Washington DC
Food Bank of Delaware Newark DE
America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Savannah GA
The Idaho Foodbank Boise ID
Northern Illinois Food Bank Geneva IL
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. Indianapolis IN
Food Finders Food Bank Inc. Lafayette IN
Food Gatherers Ann Arbor MI
Second Harvest Heartland St. Paul MN
Harvesters-The Community Food Network Kansas City MO
Ozarks Food Harvest Springfield MO
Mississippi Food Network Jackson MS
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Raleigh NC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem NC
Island Harvest Mineola NY
Foodlink, Inc. Rochester NY
Cleveland Food Bank Cleveland OH
FOOD for Lane County (PDO) Eugene OR
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Harrisburg PA
Rhode Island Community Food Bank Providence RI
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Gray TN
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Nashville TN
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. Austin TX
North Texas Food Bank Dallas TX
Regional East Texas Food Bank Tyler TX
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Wichita Falls TX