In reading and following my blog, you’ll see that I have started a wonderful team of mother’s getting together to cook for a cause. Share Our Strength has provided me an opportunity to start supporting the efforts to help fight childhood hunger in America as well as my community.
When I opened an e-mail this morning from the Share Our Strength Organization I read a story that touched my heart. Did you know that one in three single Moms in the United States cannot reliably provide the nutritious food their families need to grow up healthy?
As the economic crisis deepens, the number of families in need is increasing.
In the e-mail was a story about Christina, the mother of two boys, ages 2 and 6. Christina recently lost her job. Because her food assistance didn’t make it to the end of the month, she had no food in the house. When her young boys complained of hunger, she gave them popsicles for breakfat to buy some time until she could find a more suitable meal.
“You have these beautiful children,” she explained, ” and you can’t give them what they need. It makes you feel desperate.”
In most communities, there are resources such as food pantries, summer meal sites, and after school programs that can help. But like Christina, many families don’t know about them or can’t access them.
Share Our Strength helps by bridging the gap between families like Christina’s and the programs they need in order to feed their children everyday.
Share Our Strength supports and expands the most effective programs, like nutrition education classes that help moms stretch limited dollars and free school breakfast programs that connect children at risk of hunger with nutritious food at the start of every day.
Nevada County Bakers will be at the City Wide Yard Sale in Nevada City this Saturday, May 2 from 8am-4pm selling bakery goods, coffee, hot chocolate and raffling off some goodies. I will be handing out information about Share Our Strength as well as providing families with afforable meal solutions, recipes and more. Sign up sheets for kids cooking workshops as well as adult cooking workshops will be avaiolable.
Please join us in the fight to end childhood hunger in our community.
You can help too, by donating today. Visit http://join.strength.org/goto/ncbakers. And when you do, you can send a Mother’s Day card to the special mothers in your life. It’s a gift she will appreciate, knowing that it will help improve the lives of mothers in need in need all year long.
Thank you for your support. There is no better way to honor mothers than to help nourish America’s most valuable children.