Thursday, July 21, 2011

Share Our Strength

As a teacher in a low-income district, I see children who go hungry on a daily basis.  I remember, in fact I'll never forget, have a little girl in my classroom begin crying in the middle of class one day.  When I went to ask her what was wrong, she told me she was hungry.  I asked if she'd eaten breakfast and she said no.  She told me she hadn't eaten since her school lunch the day before.  I'm not ashamed to admit I began to cry right there with her.  In fact, I'm tearing up as I type this.  When you're as passionate about children and their future as I am, hearing and seeing things like that just tear your heart in two. 

No child deserves to feel that type of hunger.  Yet many in America do, especially during the summer months.  Many impoverished families in America rely on free or reduced school lunches to feed their children.  Once school is out for the summer, many children go hungry.  School districts labeled Title I, meaning they service low socioeconomic areas, serve breakfast and lunch at some of their campuses.  As part of this summer feeding program, they serve children, from infancy to age 18, no questions asked.  They don't even need to be enrolled in that school or district.  

In my district, we work very hard to spread this information and let all of our families know which specific schools are part of the feeding program.  However, not all districts offer this and families in more remote areas may not have the ability to get their children to the closest feeding center.  But you can help.

Foodbuzz, the food blogging community I am so proud to be a featured publisher with, is pairing with Yahoo! and Share Our Strength to eradicate childhood hunger in this country by 2015.  To help make this goal a reality, Yahoo! is donating $20,000 in the name of the Foodbuzz community and all the people who change their homepage to Yahoo!  To help make a difference, just click this link and follow the directions to make Yahoo! your homepage.  To spread the word, you can also post on your facebook page or tweet this information to your followers.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Kelsey

5 comments :

Jennifer said...

What a great cause. This is SO true. Even though this affects many people/children in America, there are others who have NO clue! I already have Yahoo as my home page so does that count?

Kelsey said...

Jennifer, if Yahoo! is already your homepage, please visit Share Our Strength's page. You can make a free pledge to help. Your name will go toward the donation made.

Thank you for your concern.

Cara said...

That is really good of Yahoo and Foodbuzz to do that. I teach in a similar district and it's so hard to see that.
PS--I couldn't get the link to work.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

That Girl said...

The fact that some children only get food in school is something I think about everytime there is discussion about changing or eradicating the school lunch program.

Kelsey said...

Thank you for letting me know, Cara. I think I've fixed the link. I appreciate your support of this cause.