Back in 2010, a few months after starting The Lunch Tray, I had an epiphany. As I told you then:
So there I was, contemplating a future blog post on the weighty issue of whether or not you should do cute things with your kid’s food, like making little heart-shaped sandwiches, when a letter arrived in the mail from Action Against Hunger, a charity to which I try to regularly contribute.
And that’s when it hit me. While I believe all the issues on The Lunch Tray are worthy of discussion (even if some are a little sillier than others), and even though we’ve certainly discussed childhood hunger here and will continue to do so, any site claiming to be dedicated to “kids and food, in school and out” really ought to take affirmative steps to help kids with no food at all.
Ever since that day, I’ve had a “Help Hungry Kids” tab on my site to direct readers to the reputable anti-hunger charities I regularly support, in hopes that you will, too. And I’ve continued to highlight on a regular basis the critical issue of food insecurity in this country, which presently affects one in four American children. (See the many “Related Posts” below.)
I’m also proud to participate in this year’s Food Bloggers Against Hunger initiative, created in response to the new documentary about hunger in America, A Place at the Table. In partnership with Share Our Strength‘s efforts to protect SNAP (food stamp) funding and to make federal anti-hunger legislation a priority, food bloggers from across the country will be “donating” posts next Monday, April 8th, to bring awareness to the issue.
My own contribution on Monday will be sharing a healthful recipe to feed four people costing around $5, the amount many families have to work with on their $4-per-person-per-day food assistance benefits. And in the meantime, consider taking just a few seconds to use this link to ask your Congressional representatives to support anti-hunger legislation.
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