This post is part of the Hunger-Free Summer program sponsored by ConAgra Foods and in conjunction with theMotherhood.
For many kids summer means time off from school and seemingly endless days of fun. But did you know that for over 19.2 million children summer can mean hunger?
It’s true. In America 21.5 million kids rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year but when school is out, only 2.3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). So what are those other 19.2kids eating in the summer?
I don’t know if you guys all know this, but ConAgra (the company that owns brands such as Hunts, LaChoy, Libby’s, Banquet, Chef Boyardee and more) is a huge supporter of the hunger relief charity Feeding America. For 20 years they have been focused on supporting charities that reduce hunger in America. This year half of Conagra Foods Foundations $10 Million dollar commitment to Feeding America is dedicated specifically to summer hunger support. This summer 29 food banks in 20 states will use Hunger-Free Summer grants – ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 – to help with this serious problem. And in the next 5 years the goal is to help 25% more children in need during the summer!
So. . . how can folks like you and I help? Well of course charities like Feeding American and your local food banks and backpack programs can always use more donations and volunteers–but there is an even EASIER way to help. ConAgra in conjunction with actor and father of five Chris O’Donnell (you know, that handsome guy from NCIS Los Angles) developed a video and a simple way for others to join in the fight against child hunger: For every view, a meal is donated.
So go, watch the video and then share the link with folks you know via email, facebook, twitter. . . heck go low tech and use word of mouth. The more folks who watch, are educated and care the more we can help with this problem.
Disclosure: The Motherhood and ConAgra compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.