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Eat Out to Help End Childhood Hunger

 

 

Check out this wonderful organization working to end childhood hunger right in our own home towns. Read about them and their mission (link here) and then decide if you want to take the pledge. I did. And then go and enjoy dining out September 18-24 to help end childhood hunger.

 

 

Why is childhood hunger such an important issue?
More than 17 million children in America struggle with hunger. That’s almost 1 of 4 kids. Their families don’t have the means to put enough nutritious food on the table for them to thrive.

Research tells us that even slight experiences with hunger can leave lasting negative impressions that impair health, learning and well-being. Hungry kids…
… are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
…are also more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences.
…are less able to concentrate and perform well in school.
…have more behavioral and emotional problems.

And young children (under the age of 3) who don’t get enough healthy food cannot learn as much, as fast or as well as their well-nourished friends.

What is Share Our Strength?
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org.

What is the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry?
Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. From September 18-24, 2011, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of engaging ways to support the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is nationally sponsored by Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association. Visit DineOutForNoKidHungry.org.