After hosting the World’s Largest Bake Sale this year, Kmart was able to raise enough money to provide one million meals to children in need*. This summer, they want to feed one million more. Not only that, they will be matching donations!
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SUMMERTIME AND CHILDHOOD HUNGER:
SUMMER CAN BE TOUGH ON FAMILY FINANCES
According to a recent national survey of low-income families, 43% say it’s harder to make ends meet in the summer months. Families spending more on food say that, on average, their grocery bills are about $300 higher every month when kids are out of school.
SUMMER MEALS ARE HERE TO HELP
Free summer meals are a way to make sure our kids are getting healthy food when school isn’t in session. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of sites across the country. These sites are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, approved by state agencies, and run at safe local organizations like schools, churches and community centers.
TOO MANY KIDS ARE MISSING OUT
While more than 21 million kids in the U.S. rely on free and reduced-price school lunches for their nutrition during the school year, just over 3 million kids get a free summer meal.
BARRIERS CAN BLOCK KIDS FROM GETTING FOOD
Barriers to participation include a lack of accessible summer meals sites, transportation issues due to family work schedules and not being aware of the programs.
THE NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS SO KIDS GET THE HEALTHY FOOD THEY NEED
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is focused in the summer months on making sure kids can get these important meals. The No Kid Hungry campaign raises awareness to ensure parents and kids know about the program through texting campaigns, launch events, neighborhood canvassing, social media and PSAs. We also work on the state and local level to recruit new sites, with small grants to cover start-up costs and outreach staff to help them get up and running. Much of this work is done through public/private partnerships, the USDA, governors’ offices and No Kid Hungry partners on the state and local level.
On Thursday, August 8th, I will be co-hosting a Kmart #1Million Meals Twitter Party.
Date: Thursday, August 8th
Time: 1PM EST (10AM PST, 11AM MST, 12PM CST)
We will be talking about Kmart’s mission to help end child hunger this summer by matching donations to purchase 1 million meals.
* This amount was determined on the basis that $1 can help connect a child with up to 10 nutritious meals, which is, in turn, based on the individual experiences of Share Our Strength’s grant recipients. It is provided to illustrate how community investments can be used to help end childhood hunger. Each contribution made to Share Our Strength represents a contribution to its original mission. Donations will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kmart. The opinions and text are all mine.