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Every Bag Counts

We’ve been spending a lot of time this summer talking about fun food and making cute replicas of our storybook favorites. But while we are fortunate enough to have fun with our food, there are plenty of kids and families who are going hungry this summer. The problem is worst at the end of the month, when many families’ food benefits have run out, and it’s exascerbated in the summertime when kids can’t rely on school breakfast and lunches.

Currently 1 in 7 households (about 50 million people, including 17 million kids) are considered “food insecure,” meaning they do not reliably have enough food to feed everyone in the household every day. 17 million kids! That’s more than sad; it’s a heart-stopper.

What can you do? Here’s an easy one: From now through Saturday, you can take part in a food drive run by Safeway (Vons/Pavilions here in Southern CA). For just $10 at the store you can buy pre-filled bags of food, which will then be donated to local food banks. Thanks to Safeway for this easy and tangible way to contribute.

Also, did you know that of the 21 million kids eligible for free or reduced lunch in the U.S., less than 3 million get a free meal in the summer? That’s why Share Our Strength has been working hard to get its  No Kid Hungry in Summer Campaign close to meeting its $25,000 goal. Every dollar you give can connect a kid with 10 meals, and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. Visit their Road Trip page to see where they’re visiting this summer.

Want to make a more direct contribution (or need help yourself)? See Feeding America’s Food Bank Locator to find one near you; or contribute directly to Feeding America here.

How about no kids going hungry this summer?


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