Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Food Day- Bloggers Fighting Against Hunger

You see the photo of my sweet baby in the post just below this? It's my job in life to make sure she gets everything she needs to grow up healthy and strong. As a mother I can't even fathom not being able to provide food, the most basic of necessity to her. How I would feel knowing my child was going hungry?

Sadly, that's something lots of parents are faced with as nearly 1 in 4 children are struggling with hunger in America.

I'm asking you to dig deep and give today.

How about we all donate the price of that fancy frappalattecino we buy every day to help fight against hunger in America? It would make a big difference. For every $1 you donate, Feeding America helps provide 7 meals to men, women and children facing hunger in our country. Please, go here and give what you can.

Please spread the word- blog, tweet, email, facebook, text, send smoke signals use morse code or just phone a friend. Let's get some people fed!

Some facts to ponder:

  • Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children. This is an increase of 46 percent over 2006, when we were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
  • That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America for food and groceries.
  • Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.
  • Thirty-six percent of the households served have at least one person working.
  • More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
  • The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
  • Feeding America food banks provide food and groceries to 33,500 food pantries, 4,500 soup kitchens and 3,600 emergency shelters.
  • 68 percent of pantries, 42 percent of soup kitchens, and 15 percent of emergency shelters rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff.
  • 55 percent, are faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations; 33 percent are other types of non-profit organizations.
I'd like to give a big shout out to Meg at Pigtown Design and Chris at Easy & Elegant Life for founding April Food Day and organizing this annual event.


Bathory House said...

How wonderful of you to post. I'd like to dig deep but we are feeding many tiny mouths over here. I don't dare tally up the cost. Maybe later in the spring I'll be better able to donate. It is horrifying to think of the inability to feed your children. I well remember doing without so my daughter could eat during the lean years.

The Townhouselady said...

Lady you are SO exempt from this. What you have done for the feral population of our neighborhood is amazing. I can't wait to get my cuddle on with those new little kittens. They are beyond precious.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Thank you so much for passing along the message. You've helped to make a difference.