Did you know that nearly 17 million children in America, almost one in five, faced hunger at some point last year? Today’s post is a part of the first ever Virtual Progressive Dinner. Food bloggers are coming together during the month of December to help raise awareness and money for the non-profit organization Share Our Strength.
It’s likely children who have limited access to nutritious foods will endure lifelong consequences. Not only can hunger have long-term health consequences, but emotional consequences too. My friend Brooke wrote a very honest post about her own story of being hungry. Many of us are far enough removed from the childhood hunger issue we have a hard time understanding that people in our neighborhood could look fine from the outside, but be struggling to put food on the table.
Share Our Strength aims to provide all children with a healthy breakfast, encourage healthy food choices, increase families’ access to fresh, affordable produce in their own neighborhoods, and ensure access to nutritious food in shelters and food pantries. We can all help by contributing money to this fantastic organization. Just $1 can help connect a child to 10 healthy meals. This is a wonderful way to give back during the holidays where a little bit can make a huge difference in a child’s life.
On top of making a donation, let’s keep a watchful eye out and see where we can help make a difference in our neighbors’ lives. Maybe share a casserole with someone you know who is going through a tough financial time, help out at your local shelter, or find out how to get involved with the local school’s lunch program. There are so many ways we can all pitch in.