I’m partnering with ConAgra Foods and Kid President to share with you about #HungerFreeSummer. All opinions expressed are my own.
If you know me, I don’t like to be hungry. If *I* don’t like to be hungry, you know that my little people don’t like to be hungry either, and I will attempt to move heaven and earth to make sure that they get food when they are hungry. Yes, even when I feel like they are eating any and everything in my home, I like knowing that they are not hungry. Can you imagine what over 22 million kids who receive free or reduced-priced meals have to deal with come the end of school? During summer break, more than 80% of these children are at risk for hunger because they do not have access to school lunches. More than 1 in 5 children do not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s like ALL of my children not eating each day, while one of their cousins does. Nearly 16 million children in the U.S. are food insecure. They don’t know how long the food that they have will last, or whether their family will have the resources to buy more.
This summer ConAgra Foods and Kid President are teaming up to give those children a #HungerFreeSummer. They are partnering with 23 food banks across 15 states. These food banks will receive #HungerFreeSummer grants funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation to start new or expand already established summer feeding programs. For the second year in a row, ConAgra Foods has partnered with Kid President to help raise awareness of this major issue in the United States. They couldn’t have picked a better partner as Kid President is SO adorable!
ConAgra Foods Foundation is also investing in a new initiative for child hunger and funding Hunger Free Summer Grants for three additional food banks. These food banks will receive $225,000 over a three-year period to evaluate the summer feeding landscapes in their communities and to take action with programs that will increase access to meals for children and their families during the summer months.
Why is this something that YOU should know about? Honestly, why shouldn’t you? No one’s child should go hungry during the school year, let alone during the summer. Don’t you remember the carefree days that you had when you were off from school? Can you imagine not being able to just be a kid during the time when kids are the most kid-like? When you go shopping you can support the cause by looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked ConAgra Foods products. For each eight-digit code entered at Child Hunger Ends Here this summer, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to FeedingAmerica®, up to three million meals. On every Friday between now and July 31, 2015, there is a special treat, 1 code=1meal plus 1 bonus meal. Look for a special message from Kid President on Hunger Free Fridays.
Help me pass the pushpin and let your friends know that it’s THEIR turn! You might just see someone who you recognize, and if you don’t, it’s the lady with the afro!