Childhood hunger is a multi-layered epidemic that affects approximately 13.4 million children in America, representing roughly 1 in 6 children. Childhood hunger impairs children’s health in significant and long-lasting ways. It results in poorer mental health, impedes growth and development, causes more illnesses including stomachaches, headaches, colds, ear infections, fatigue, weaker immune systems, behavioral issues and countless other lifelong consequences. Hunger also makes children unable to learn and perform academically, impairing cognitive functioning and causing children to experience school absences, tardiness, school suspensions and failing entire school years.
Hunger is not only an epidemic in America, but it is also a pandemic throughout the entire world. There is strength in numbers and together, we have the ability to not only fight but end childhood hunger.
Share Our Strength started Operation No Kid Hungry where they are asking us to join in the national text campaign and food drive to end childhood hunger in America.
You can help end childhood hunger by making a text donation by texting “SHARE” to 20222 on your mobile phone. AT&T will match the first $100,000 in text donations to Share Our Strength.
Hold a food drive. Meet the growing need for food by teaming up with food banks in your area. Check the list of most needed foods and start asking friends, family and neighbors for those foods. If your area does not have a food bank, start a food drive on your own. Start a movement in your area and get the residents of your town interested in helping out.
Lastly, help spread the word about Operation No Kid Hungry. You can spread the word just by using websites and web services you frequent daily. Leave comments or do guest posts for your favorite blogs or post about this movement on your own blog. You can also spread the word through Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and any other web services you frequently use.