My children do not know hunger. They get three meals a day and snacks. Sure, my son will tell me that his tummy is rumbly or that he is sooooo ‘tarving, but he is young and has no idea.
So many children are hungry. Too many children are familiar with the pangs in the stomach that signify that the body has no idea when it last ate.
I must live in a bubble – an informed, yet out of the loop of reality bubble. I inherantly knew that their were children who do not get three meals a day here in Raleigh. But I didn’t understand. I really didn’t.
A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of touring and experiencing first hand the amazing work that is behind the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Food Bank of Central North Carolina. There is so much happening here in Raleigh and our surrounding cities that unfortunately seems behind the scenes. I know that if I didn’t know about all of this that I am not alone.
Did you know that there are close to 300,000 children in the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina service area who receive free or reduced meals at school, and do not have access to those meals in the summer?
One in four children are at risk for hunger in the Food Bank’s 34 county service area. That is, without a doubt, unacceptable.
Luckily there are non-profits like the The Food Bank and The Food Shuttle to help. The Food Bank operates 65 Kids Summer Meals Program sites over a 10-week program that provides children with breakfast and lunch. The program is projected to serve 3,000 children and 100,000 meals this summer. The Food Shuttle distributed backpacks filled with nutritious weekend meals at 45 sites to ensure that kids had food over the weekend.
I spent the lunch hour distributing food to one of the summer sites. It was great to see one of the amazing programs in action that are helping kids in Wake County.
It was an amazing day. I am so grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get more involved in the future. There is so much we can be doing to make sure kids don’t go hungry.
Want to help? My friend Greg from FreezerBurns is hosting a fantastic telethon in September for Hunger Action Month. I’ll be participating and I hope you will too. It’s the perfect time to get involved and make a difference. Learn more here.
Another option? Visit the ConAgra Foods Facebook page to download a copy of The Hunger Avengers Activity Booklet. For every download of the book from June 26 to Sept. 3, 2012, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. The organization will also donate the monetary equivalent of one meal for every “Share” on Facebook, up to 500,000 meals.
*This is my final post as a partner with ConAgra Foods as part of the Hunger-Free Summer campaign, but my work with the Food Bank will continue. All opinions are my own.