Restaurants Nationwide Work to End Childhood Hunger
If you enjoy dining out, the meals you eat between September 18th and 24th will do even more. Thousands of restaurants around the country are teaming up with Share Our Strength, a charity based in Washington D.C. that focuses on fighting hunger among America’s children. The week of fund raising will benefit a number of state and local charities that work endlessly to ensure all children have enough to eat. Consumers can make donations at participating restaurants or online, but the meals they eat out at these restaurants will also count towards the fund raising goals.
Some restaurants will donate a percentage of total sales for each day of the fund raising week, while others will highlight special menu items that trigger donations on behalf of the consumer. Over 5,000 restaurants have signed up so far to make donations to the program. You can find restaurants in your area that will be part of the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry event by visiting the website at www.DineOutForNoKidHungry.com. Maps are available that you can search by zip code.
This issue may not get as much press as children starving in other countries, but over 16 million children in this country live in households suffering from food instability. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tracks this information to determine how much funding is needed for school nutrition programs and state initiatives to end hunger. Share Our Strength helps by supporting independent and government hunger programs in both rural and urban areas. They also support educational programs that teach both children and parents how to receive the most nutrition for the least amount of money. Teaching parents how to cook inexpensive and nutrient rich foods like legumes and grains helps break their reliance on inexpensive but unhealthy fast food.