Sep 062012

Go Orange - No Kid Hungry campaignThis month we here at All Done Monkey are going orange to raise awareness about childhood hunger.

It’s all part of an initiative started by a mom in Texas who spent most of her childhood dealing with chronic hunger.  Determined that other children should not have to go through the same difficulties, she sparked a virtual campaign to bring attention to this ongoing problem.

As a mother, it is devastating to imagine any child having to face going hungry, trying to concentrate in school on an empty belly, and not having the joy and nutrition that good, healthy food can bring.

I saw the effects of poverty and hunger face to face during my time doing volunteer work in Bolivia, including the horrific experience of having a baby die in its mother’s arms next to me on a bus, as the mother was desperately trying to get her child to a doctor in town.

But hunger and poverty are problems in our own country as well, and it is up to all of us to do something about it.  Because kids should be worrying about blowing bubbles and playing with trucks, not where their next meal will come from, or if there will be one at all.Moms Fighting Hunger

Moms Fighting Hunger is a growing group of parents who are working to bring attention to childhood hunger through social media and local events such as food drives and fundraisers.

It is part of a larger national movement, No Kid Hungry, which has been fighting childhood hunger since 1984, when siblings Bill and Debbie Shore were inspired by the famine in Ethiopia to take action against global hunger and poverty.

This month they are partnering with the national network of food banks Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) to focus attention on childhood hunger by “going orange” for the month through nationwide events and media campaigns.

Moms Fighting Hunger is part of this campaign, and we are proud to be participating.  All this month we’ll be sharing orange crafts and recipes with you, as well as news of our own local food drive and ways you can get involved in your own community.

Here’s how you can get started:

  • Take the No Kid Hungry Pledge
  • Follow Moms Fighting Hunger on Facebook and Pinterest for ideas about taking action locally
  • Watch this space for more information and ideas throughout the month!

This post has been shared at the Good Long Road’s Moms Fighting Hunger Blog Hop, Natural Mothers Network’s Seasonal Celebration Sunday, and My Life’s a Treasure’s Our Favorite Things.

  13 Responses to “We're Going Orange! Join the Movement to Fight Childhood Hunger”

  1. Thanks for sharing and promoting this movement and being part of it. Please link up posts as you have them!!

  2. What a great initiative. Do you know why the color is orange? I found it really interesting because when I was living in Zambia I learned that there was a hungry time of year – when the food from the last harvest had finished but the new crops were not yet mature. People lived mostly on pumpkins during that time so I think orange is very fitting.

  3. This is a brilliant cause. My husband lived through a famine when he was young and it sounds horrendous – no child should have to go through it, especially when there is enough food to go around… I’ll look out for your further links.

  4. This is a great cause. I cannot imagine the anguish of the parents forced to watch their kids go hungry.

    • My sentiments exactly! And brilliant post on – I have always wondered how to talk to my son about these issues, and it looks like you did a great job!

  5. What a wonderful cause. Thank you so much for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  6. This is a fantastic cause. I was abused as a child both mentally and physically, and I would do anything to keep children from going through any similar torture. My childhood has affected nearly every aspect of my life, even imprisoning me in a wheelchair for more than a decade.

    • Adriana, I am so sorry to hear of the torture you endured. I cannot imagine going through something so horrific. But how wonderful that you had the strength to not only survive but to ensure that other children do not have to endure the same.

  7. […] Orange Campaign Against Childhood Hunger:  As we announced earlier, we are so proud to be a part of this initiative, which involves ordinary people throughout the US […]

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