I was thrilled recently to learn that the Vermilion, Ohio chapter of the Salvation Army will be launching a backpack program for students in January of 2015. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a backpack program supplies children from households that are food insecure (not enough money to ensure enough food is in the house) with a backpack that is filled with food items for the child to consume on the weekend when there are no school lunches and breakfasts.
Second Harvest Food Bank partners with several local charities that sponsor backpack programs in other nearby school systems. A donation to Second Harvest or to Vermilion Salvation Army for the backpack program is a great way to get this project started.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has gotten a lot of press lately. Thousands of people have taken the challenge to either donate to a charity that funds ALS research or to douse themselves with a bucket of ice water (or both!) Whether you think the idea is ingenious or lame, there’s no question that the challenge has raised millions for ALS charities and raised awareness of the illness and its challenges.
September is Hunger Action Month. I’ve turned my Facebook Profile orange for hunger awareness. Those of you who know me already are aware that fighting hunger is an issue that is important to me – especially as it relates to children who are hungry.
For the month of September, I’m starting the Lunch Bucket Challenge. I will not eat at restaurants / fast food for the month of September. Instead, I will eat lunch at home or pack it in my lunch container and donate the savings to a local hunger program at the end of the month. Each day I will photograph my lunch and ask others to join me in this challenge.
Wednesday September 3, 2014
Seasoned grilled chicken with strawberries, blueberries, mushrooms, sliced almonds and honeyed goat cheese on a bed of romaine lettuce with a blush raspberry vinaigrette dressing (prepared and consumed at home).
I will be posting details shortly about a second fundraising initiative for hunger. Please check back for details!