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How YOU Can Help End Childhood Hunger

November 17, 2011

Often times you hear about children all over the world who suffer from hunger. But did you know 1 in 5 children (more than 16 million) right here in the United States suffers from hunger as well? In efforts to fight children hunger in the US, the Share our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign aims to end child hunger in America and has made November “No Kid Hungry Month.”  

THE NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN

This campaign aims to end child hunger in America by 2015 by providing nutrition education courses and by developing partnerships and sponsors, all of which help kids access the food they need and teach families how to cook on a budget. So far, over 104,000 (including myself!) have made the pledge this month to help end childhood hunger for good. For more information on what this campaign is all about, please visit www.nokidhungry.org for details.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Act now and help feed a needy child today. There are so many ways you can help, whether through action taken online, donating, becoming an advocate for your local or national government, or attending culinary events in your area. And remember, if you do choose to donate your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar until December 31. Just $1 has the potential to help connect a child to up to 10 much needed meals.

CALLING ALL DIETITIANS

As nutrition experts who dedicate so much time and effort to good nutrition, we should be on the forefront of this problem. That’s why I am encouraging all registered dietitians to take on the Jimmy Dean No Kid Hungry RD Challenge.

For each pledge received from registered dietitians (RDs) through February 2012, Jimmy Dean will make a $1 donation (up to $150,000) to No Kid Hungry. In addition, they will also award the state dietetic association with the highest percentage of RD pledges a $5,000 grant to help support any community-based initiative that will aid in eliminating childhood hunger at the local level. Need I say more? So take the pledge today!

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