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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

No Kid Hungry - Please take the Pledge!

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and if you're like me, you're probably beginning to plan your menus and dreaming about the "ooh's and aah's" you'll receive for yet another holiday culinary masterpiece. But while we're busy with dreams of the perfect turkey dinner with all the trimmings, there are children in this country, probably in your own town, who are just hoping for any meal at all. Think about that for a second and let it sink in ok? While you plan your holiday meal there are children in your town who are going hungry!

According to Share Our Strength's website, "49.1 million Americans - including nearly 17 million children - lack the means to regularly put enough nutritious food on the table . They are food insecure and struggle with hunger." How can this be? In a country with the resources that we have here in the U.S., the fact that 17 million children are going without enough to eat makes me angry and sick at heart. But you know what? I realize that getting angry and feeling sick won't help unless I use those feelings as motivation to take action and make a change.

Author and playwright Howard Zinn once said "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." What an awesome concept! As individuals, it would be difficult if not impossible to stop childhood hunger alone. But if each of us acts, together we can make a difference. That's what today's post is about...each of us taking action, no matter how small, to help stop childhood hunger, and that's also what Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign is all about. They believe that by creating an "army" of people united by this common cause, we can stamp out the problem of childhood hunger once and for all by the year 2015.

In closing today's post, I want to challenge each of you to click on the link above and take the "No Kid Hungry" pledge today. I also want to challenge all you food bloggers to grab Share Our Strength's  badge or widget and post it on your blog, and to dedicate a post to making your readers aware of this national tragedy. For more ideas on ways you can help, please visit SOS's website.

Remember, if we join together, we can achieve no kid hungry by 2015!

Food for Thought:

"In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom."

- Barbara Costikyan


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