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This post is part of the Hunger-Free Summer program sponsored by ConAgra Foods and in conjunction with theMotherhood.
In Chattanooga, private schools are the thing. I think I’ve astonished several people by telling them our daughter will go to public kindergarten when she starts in 2014. Sure, we aren’t zoned for the best school ever; but we’ve heard good things about it.
What really surprised me, though, was when I saw that 85% of the kids at this elementary school are on free or reduced lunch. Wow. With Mr. V working at one of these expensive private schools and seeing the mostly affluent kids who come through, it seems impossible that there are so many children living right around us at risk for hunger.
Did you know 1 in 5 kids in the United States falls in that “at risk for being hungry” category? I did a video with ConAgra at Blissdom in 2012, which you can see here, after they showed me the child huger statistics just in my neck of the woods. The reality that there are so many kids going hungry while my kids refuse to eat a speck of green pepper and throw away their dinners is embarrassing and revolting.
Here’s a little thing we can do to help this summer: watch this video featuring actor Chris O’Donnell. It’s only a little over a minute, and for every view ConAgra will donate one meal to help stop child hunger this summer.
Summertime is the worst time for kids who are on the free or reduced school meal plan – because school is out. Only 2.3 million of the 21.5 million kids on the school-year program get assistance during the summer. It can be from lack of awareness, barriers to getting to the summer program, or that there simply isn’t a summer program in their area.
ConAgra Foods is providing grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to food banks in 20 states to help them get through this summer. And make sure you do your part by watching the video and sharing it with your friends!
I’ll be sharing some more of why I’m passionate about stopping child hunger in a few weeks. How do you connect with it? How can you help?
This post is brought to you by ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood, and I’ve been compensated for my time. However, all opinions are my own.