How Can You Help Hungry Children in America?

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 21, 2010

During the school year, 19.5 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.2 million children receive meals during the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program.

Whether the gap is 17 million kids or even half of that number, too many kids struggle with hunger during the summer months. Because of this, please consider registering to host your own rally. Every dollar raised and donated online will stay in your community to help kids in need.

It’s easy!

Last month, Judy Daniell, of Dirt Road Musings, hosted a “Taste of Italy” pasta dinner to support the efforts of ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger End Here Neighborhood Rally campaign. She collected food donations and collected a fee for the dinner, resulting in quite the spread for her guests. Her rally was a huge success!

Christie Crowder, who blogs at Inside the ChatterBox, visited her daughter’s school and had the children create a large collage, showing in pictures how they could help our country’s child hunger problem. As part of the fun, she created a ConAgra Foods Pantry Contest and challenged the children to search their pantries and bring in labels from ConAgra food items to win prizes. She followed it all up with a food/donation drive during morning and afternoon carpool, showcasing the children’s collage.

There have been bake sales, lemonade stands, ice cream socials, and more. In fact, all over the blogosphere you can read about ways that families are helping to end child hunger in America, by teaming up and creating a Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally, but children here in the United States still need your help!

How can you help?

Head over to ChildHungerEndsHere.com right now, and request your Rally Toolkit to help you get started. It contains all you need to help make a difference.

Perhaps you and your boys can pull your wagon around your neighborhood, this weekend, and collect canned food items for your local food bank. Or, you can help your girls set up a lemonade stand on your front lawn and donate the proceeds. Actually, ConAgra Foods is donating one meal (up to 2.5 million meals) to Feeding America with each purchase of participating brands like Peter Pan peanut Butter and Chef Boyardee, so helping really is as easy as buying your favorite foods!

I would love to hear about what you and your family plan to do in your community to make a change, even if you just plan to purchase Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn for your family movie night.

For every comment left here, $1 will donated to Child Hunger Ends Here in the name of From Dates to Diapers.

I’m honored to be working with ConAgra Foods on the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Of course, all thoughts, opinions and testimonials are my own.

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Making a Difference

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 27, 2010

child-hunger-ends-hereAs I’ve mentioned here before, child hunger in the United States is a real problem. It hurts my heart to know that nearly 17 million children worry about where they will get their next meal, and many go without the food they need to grow healthy hearts, minds and bodies.

Seventeen million.

That number boggles my mind.

Well, ConAgra Food’s Child Hunger Ends Here rally campaign is making a difference, with events that have been taking place all over the nation. Events that are not only bringing awareness, but more than that, help.

To kick things off, CHEH was on the set of Desperate Housewives on April 7th, holding a mock neighborhood street rally on Wisteria Lane. During this rally, the show’s stars – Dana Delany, Brenda Strong, Beau Mirchoff and Andrea Bowen – helped fill bags with food to donate to Feeding America.

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ConAgra Foods has also recruited 14 bloggers, in 14 different cities, who support the cause and have hosted CHEH Neighborhood Rallies. You can view the list and follow these fabulous bloggers {some of whom I know and love} by visiting www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com.

To compliment these events, mini-rallies were hosted by HouseParty on Sun. March 28th. Check out what people are saying about these in-home get-togethers.

There is certainly still time for you and your family to get involved!

Check out the the “Clothes Off Our Back” organization. They are hosting a Celebrity Auction benefiting Feeding America, where you can bid on items from top celebrities and help hungry children by purchasing a one-of-a-kind item from your favorite celebrity.

But, if that’s not your thing, how about planning your own event? What are your ideas for a unique mini rally your neighborhood could organize? I’d love to hear them!

Let’s rally together and help make a difference in the lives of children all over this country.

I’m proud to be working with ConAgra Foods on the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Follow @ConAgraFoods or visit the ConAgra Facebook page for the latest updates.

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Child Hunger Ends Here

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 25, 2010

THEN

chorizo-refried-beansMy parents raised five children, of whom I was the oldest, on very little. Dad worked very hard and Mom sacrificed much for us, knowing that God would provide through their hard work and faith. We didn’t have many of the extras growing up, and we ate a whole lot of refried beans and tortillas, but we always had food. None of the five of us ever worried abut where our next meal would come from, because we knew that our Dad would never let us down.

NOW

general-chicken-cs-1736806-lNot a night goes by when Ray and I don’t have to coax and plead with our children to eat the food on their plates. Part of the reason they poke at their broccoli (even though they all really do like it), and pick at their chicken (even though it’s their favorite), is because they’ve raided the pantry too close to dinner. Many times do we find ourselves reminding each of them how very blessed they are to even have food to eat. Food that they enjoy eating.

A GLIMPSE

There are many children in America who struggle with hunger – nearly 1 in 4, in fact, worry about how they will find their next meal. Research indicates that even mild under-nutrition, experienced by young children during critical periods of growth, impacts the behavior of children, their school performance, their health, and their overall cognitive development.

TAKE ACTION

child hunger ends hereConAgra Foods, in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, has launched the Child Hunger Ends Here (CHEH) Neighborhood Rally campaign. Through this effort, we can help feed kids at risk of hunger by coming together to host and attend events that support Feeding America.

Together, we can turn a bake sale, church rummage sale, food drive, or any other event, into a CHEH Neighborhood Rally, simply by donating a portion (or even all) of the proceeds from the event to Feeding America. They’ve even given us tips and ideas on how to host our very own neighborhood rallies, specifically for this cause.

MORE WAYS TO HELP

Helping to feed America’s children can be as easy as purchasing your favorite foods for your own family. Whenever you purchase one of seven participating ConAgra Foods brands ConAgra will donate one meal to Feeding America – up to 2.5 million meals this year! ConAgra makes it easy – Make sure you get your coupon to save $1.50 when you purchase four of these participating brands!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Tweet the following and encourage others to spread the word ::

Fight child hunger alongside @youngmommy http://bit.ly/dsQYMN Pls RT & spread the word, so we can make a difference. #fightchildhunger

For every tweet, $1 will donated to Child Hunger Ends Here in the name of From Dates to Diapers.

I’m proud to be working with ConAgra Foods on the Child Hunger Ends Here program.
Of course, all thoughts, opinions and testimonials are my own.

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