Usually as Christmas approaches the last thing we tend to think about is being hungry. The heartbreaking reality is that 1 in 5 children in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from. An equally distressing fact is that we, as Americans, waste a combined 70 billion pounds of food every year! The Unilever Project Sunlight is an initiative focused on encouraging people to create a brighter future for all children. By taking small steps to live sustainably, use less and share more, every child can have a happy and healthy childhood and no child goes to bed hungry. The initiative is made possible by a community of people who strongly believe that it is possible to build a better future and a better world. This year I will be doing my part to help fight child hunger by raising awareness through social media, working in my local community and encouraging friends and family to reach out and help others in need as well. The days of one person making a difference are fast fading. In order to make a real, valuable change in the lives of children suffering from hunger, we must get out of our comfort zone, make changes in our own lives and urge others to make appropriate changes to help stop child hunger. First, it is important that we truly begin to understand that hunger in America is a real and growing problem. It is sad and therefore difficult to believe that people are unable to provide the basic necessities of life to their children, but it happens everyday. 16 million children in the United States suffer from the painful sensation and weakness that results from the need for food. Child hunger is not isolated, and chances are there is a family in your own neighborhood that is struggling with this very issue. Whether it’s sharing a meal with a neighbor, donating time or volunteering at your local food bank, the smallest act can make a big difference, a real difference. Please take a few moments to watch the short documentary below and share it with your friends and family. Talk to your children about how they can recognize a need and help others. They can get involved too! Many of my best ideas have been inspired by the children I work with, especially my son. Encourage them to participate in some of the activities listed on Project Sunlight and come up with their own ways to #ShareAMeal to help stop child hunger.
Our family plans on sharing a meal with one of our neighbors and volunteering at a local food bank. How will you #ShareAMeal this holiday season? About SheKnows’ Hatch, the Hatch Hunger Project and Unilever Project Sunlight:SheKnows’ Hatch teamed with Unilever Project Sunlight to help families build awareness and take action around child hunger in America. The facts are startling: 16 million kids living in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That equates to one in every five children – enough to fill 18,000 school buses and 223 football stadiums. On average, those who live in food-insecure households have only $36.50 to spend on groceries every week. That means that 80 percent of children may not understand the everyday struggle their peers – many of whom could be their own friends or neighbors – confront when there’s not enough food on the table. The Hatch Hunger and Project Sunlight video and workshop aims to create empathy by showing kids what it means to shop for healthy, filling meals for an entire week on a thrifty budget. It teaches important math and teamwork skills. Finally, it is about action, empowering kids to have a positive impact on their community to Share A Meal with a family in need and donating food and canned goods to local food banks.