I first became acquainted with Share Our Strength through a blog contest. I got very involved in begging for votes and promising the moon because child nutrition is something very dear to my heart as a kindergarten teacher. As a result of the contest, over $11, 000 dollars was raised for Share Our Strength.
Ever since that contest, I’ve followed the efforts of strength.org and I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen. If you spend some time on their main site and on the blog, you’ll understand the importance of putting NUTRITION in federal child nutrition programs. You’ll read about the effects of hunger on a child’s physical, mental and COGNITIVE development. A brain that is starved for nutrients will NOT allow a child to grow to his/her potential. I know this first hand based on 12 years of teaching small children. They literally need to EAT so they can READ. Children who never learn to read will have a much more difficult road to becoming a successful leader in their community. It all begins at an early age. Hunger affects every one of us.
Today is the first day of a 5 year campaign No Kid Hungry, an effort to end childhood hunger by year 2015. How?
- Increase access to public and private programs that provide food to children and their families.
- Strengthen community resources that connect children to healthy food.
- Improve families’ knowledge about available programs and how to get the most from limited resources.
- Educating children and families about nutrition and healthy eating. Through Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™, we have reached nearly 60,000 families, spreading knowledge on how to budget for groceries and cook great tasting and nutritious foods.
It’s not just about handing out free food. It’s about providing access to private organizations who choose to support child nutrition efforts. It’s about increasing access to fresh healthy food from their community and supporting local farmers. It’s about educating parents and caregivers on the IMPORTANCE of children’s nutrition. It’s about teaching basic cooking skills and nutrition courses. It’s about teaching parents about good nutrition instead of junk food and how to budget for healthier meals. Stop by the nokidhungry.org site for more information.
Today was Bag Hunger day. People were asked to consider taking their lunch to work today and donating their lunch money to the No Kid Hungry campaign. As you can see, I jumped on this one.
Please consider becoming a part of this effort. There is a section for bloggers to post banners or badges on their sites. There’s a donate button. Link to events such as Great American Bake Sale and Great American Dine Out. Get involved!