After making a few changes to our environmental lifestyle over the past month (Leaving a better planet to our kids) I started to think about how I can start to give back more and have it tie into what I do. I was also getting sort of bored and purposeless with the restaurant reviews so I needed something to kickstart my passion. In her book, Libuse Binder says that before you start to volunteer or donate, you need to figure out what you are interested in. My friend, Ryan McRae (http://geekinafghanistan.com/), has figured out his passion while overseas. He is raising money for Charity:Water, which supplies clean drinking water to people all across the world. Ryan sends donors who give to his page a haiku. To date he has raised close to $3000 for Charity:Water. Inspired by a Facebook chat with Ryan early in the morning on Friday, I figured out how I can do the same.
Thinking about what I love to do…eat, I realized the connection. I have been blessed to be able to eat all around the country at some wonderful establishments and it is time to use that privilege to give back. I also have this coveted list (What is the list?) of over two thousand restaurants from every food show that many people have asked me to share ,so now I can use this list and my food adventures to help others eat.
Everyone deserves to know that they will have food to eat each and every day. Hunger in America is a real problem and one that we can work together to solve. One in six people will go hungry today and in many states one in five children live in food insecure households, which means they do not always know where their next meal will come from. Hunger hinders a person’s ability to be successful in society and hampers a child’s ability to learn in school. If a child goes hungry they are much more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. I and many people I know grew up never worrying IF there was dinner, merely WHAT was for dinner. It is time for us to work together to combat hunger in anyway we can.
In order to do this, I created a fundraising page with No Kid Hungry. I am hoping to start by fundraising $5000 for the organization that helps children eat every day. Soon I will figure out how I can get involved and give of my time and not just my money.
No Kid Hungry ends childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.
Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve our goals.
Will you support my virtual food drive today?
Every dollar you give to my virtual food drive helps connect a child to 10 meals. When was the last time your dollar bought 10 of anything? I hope you’ll agree: by coming together, we can help end childhood hunger in America. Give as much as you can — every bit counts!
As a thank you for donating to my Fit Food Fun Fund Page, for each $5 you give I will send you the file containing restaurants from my list for the state of your choosing (LA, CHI, & NYC are stand alone). If you donate $200+ I will send you the entire list (What is the list?). After you donate, just take a look at my state counts page to pick your state and email me your selection at Fitfoodfunfund@gmail.com.
Join me today and let’s do our part to leave No Kid Hungry!