No Kid Hungry: 14 Days, 14 Ways

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Every time I see or read a news clip, post or tweet about what’s happening in the Philippines, one of the first thoughts to pop up is, “How are these organizations doing it?” I think about the recent refugee crisis in Syria, and wonder how the world’s relief agencies are going to be able to meet the nutritional needs of all the Filipinos who barely survived. It’s an unfathomable burden that requires “a village” — aka you and me.

Because along with the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons across the globe, we have many, many hungry families here in our own country, who are having equal difficulties obtaining food. Hunger continues to be one of the world’s most pressing issues. It’s hard to make sense of it, or to visualize an end. But in a country where food is practically recreation, it feels unacceptable that so many go without. If you’re not fully aware of what the real story is regarding hunger, particularly in kids, a visit to NoKidHungry.org will open your eyes. My fellow Pennsylvanians can also get a local perspective via Coalition Against Hunger. Skimming this PDF addressing the state of hunger in PA, it’s hard to overlook the big numbers…

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I don’t expect all of us to share the same passion for the myriad issues on the world’s plate, but as a No Kid Hungry blogger—and someone whose motto has always been, “I love everything about food, except that too many people don’t have enough,”—it is my duty to get information to you that might inspire action.

No Kid Hungry needs you, and the families who won’t be worrying about the turkey being too dry, the cranberries too runny, the wine not pairing up just right… they need you too. Hopefully, somewhere in these links, you’ll discover a reason to join the conversation. Ready, set, go. You’ve got 14 days to #bethechange, and now you also have 14 Ways:

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1.   Learn about  The Problem

2.   Watch and share the Story of Hungry video with your friends and family — #changethestory

3.   Arouse your emotions: Read this year’s Go Orange for No Kid Hungry winning essay

4.  Arouse your tastebuds: Download Cooking Matters free (healthy) recipe app, follow @CookingMatters on Twitter and share recipes with friends and family

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Get the app… via Apple

5.   If you’re a business owner, find out if your company meets the criteria to join Share our Strength’s Cause Marketing Partner Program

6.   Join the Hunger Core, No Kid Hungry’s Monthly Giving Club

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7.   Inspire giving by reading and sharing No Kid Hungry success stories

8.   Get Social: Follow No Kid Hungry on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter.

9.   Make A Memorial Or Honor Gift In A Loved One’s Name

10. Watch “A Place at the Table”, a documentary about the state of hunger in the US., featuring Billy Shore and Jeff Bridges

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11. Give through your workplace

12. Find out how your local school serves breakfast

13. Save the Date for NKH’s Holiday Give-a-Thon, December 3 (in conjunction with #givingtuesday)

14. Start your own fundraiser

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new blogging creds

ShopMoxie:

I was thrilled to receive a very supportive and enthusiastic email from ShopMoxie founder Tom Tovar regarding the site’s Bloggers Get Local Program and (cartwheels) my joining on as a blogger. I was particularly excited because he said some very nice things about my writing, my past experience, and was surprisingly kind about my just starting a new blog (this one!) and not having all the appropriate rankings.

Probably what impressed me the most, was that he took the time to review the writing samples that I’d sent, and my social media sites for background information. Another fellow blogger received a similarly thoughtful email, and expressed sentiments much like mine. When you’re sending things out into cyberspace, it’s very hard to know if and how they’re being received when there’s no reply. The time I spent compiling information was well worth the effort, and I may be one of the lead-off guest bloggers on top of the shop local component.

Small stuff to some, but since I recently decided to see what I could make happen in the blogging universe, this is a great start.

No Kid Hungry:

I also recently became part of the No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength blogger team, and this is equally exciting. I am very serious about my commitment to helping end hunger locally and globally, and it is an honor to be associated with a renown and hardworking organization that is hell-bent on making change happen around the world. So far, I have been a better tweeter than a blogger for the cause, but I’ve only just gotten started. Stay tuned. Oh, and check out my cool badge on the sidebar menu—proudly displayed.

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