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 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!