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Have you ever been hungry or know someone in the United States who has had to go without food for longer than two days? There are more here in our own country than we even can imagine. This article sheds light on the childhood hunger right here in America. Bill Shore, along with his sister, Debbie Shore, founded SHARE OUR STRENGTH®, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America.
Share Our Strength’s goal is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. It’s not enough to make sure America’s children have enough to eat; we must make sure they are getting the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives.
That is why Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. We are doing this by improving the access that families all across the country have to healthy, affordable food and by working at the state and city level. This is our No Kid Hungry strategy, and it has four key components that, together, provide children with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play:
- Creating public-private partnerships at the state and city level to map out comprehensive, measurable plans to end child hunger in those areas.
- Building public awareness about the problem of childhood hunger and solutions to end it.
- Investing in communities with grants to organizations whose work improves access to nutritious foods or that educate families about such programs.
- Educating children and families about nutritious, affordable eating. (via the Share our Strength website)
On April 14, Hunger Hits Home, a documentary about childhood hunger in America aired on the Food Network. Take 45 minutes to watch the film now:
Share our Strength measures their progress by measuring participation in effective, existing programs that provide nutritious food to children at home (SNAP, or food stamps, WIC, and nutrition education), during school (breakfast and lunch, and through nutrition education) and when school is out (after school snacks and summer meals).
Much of their progress in 2010 was in building capacity to put momentum behind the No Kid Hungry® Campaign, which is happening now.
More than 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger in America. Your support can go a long way in providing a long term solution to that problem. Donate Today. Giving of your time and talents is vital to ending childhood hunger in America. Choose your favorite way to volunteer with a Share Our Strength event or program.
You can also help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger by joining some of their core partners, including: Food Network, ConAgra Foods Foundation and WalMart in a pledge to end childhood hunger.
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Written by Julia Walker Crews
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