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Help Us Fight Child Hunger This Holiday

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many families are gathering together to enjoy scrumptious dinners, gift giving, and exchange laughter and smiles. For most of us, that also means taking pleasure in having time off from work and school. As a mother, the holiday season reminds me that children who depend on free or reduced price school lunches, may not have the opportunity to  eat their daily serving of meals. We live in a world where child hunger is a real issue. How do we fight to help put an end to this? 

I remember holding my daughter in my arms for the first time. I saw so much potential in her eyes. I also saw so much responsibility. I was responsible for her entire life, to make sure that she was a capable human being. I was responsible for her education, her well-being, and her necessities. As time has moved forward, I have found that being a parent to her is not my only duty but also being the parent in place of her friends and classmates when they are in my care. She has gotten to the age where sleepovers and play dates require much more than just pushing her and her friends on swing sets. I also have to be the eyes and ears of those she engages with to look for any signs that they may have issues at home or in school.

A big issue for school-aged children is food. When school is in session, many children have access to free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. Most recently, New York has made headlines for being the first state to offer free lunch to every student in public schools. But what happens during the holiday seasons when school’s out and lunches aren’t available?

Feeding America and Scholastic have teamed up to launch their Hungry To Help program which aims to bring communities and families together to help fight hunger.

As a mother, it is important to me that I teach my daughter how to recognize if a friend is hungry. Signs such as watching out for over-eating, weight loss, fatigue, and fear when it comes to discussing home life may be signs that a child could be facing hunger. Scholastic provides resources on their website that help parents figure out how to engage children on the topic of hunger.

One of the most engaging resources is the Family Action Plan, which is a comprehensive activities guide for families to practice empathy and see how they can support people who struggle with hunger. And what better time to do this than the holidays?

The Family Action Plan includes:

  • Links and online resources for more in depth information on hunger
  • Exciting children’s activities on reading, writing, and arts & crafts
  • Family conversation starters on the topic of hunger
  • Hands–on community action ideas

A family checklist to track their progress.

From one parent to another, my main goal here is to encourage you to practice empathy and reflect on gratitude this holiday season. The Family Action Plan is an important tool to help you do that. To find out more information on The Hungry To Help program, you can visit Scholastic’s website here and Feeding America’s website here. I would love to hear more about how the Family Action Plan is helping your family fight hunger!

 

With love,

-Shanicia

 

This post is sponsored by Feeding America and Scholastic. All opinions expressed are my own.

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I remember holding my daughter in my arms for the first time. I saw so much potential in her eyes. I also saw so much responsibility. I was responsible for her entire life, to make sure that she was a capable human being. I was responsible for her education, her well being, and her necessities. As time has moved forward, I have found that being a parent to her is not my only duty but also being the parent in place of her friends and classmates when they are in my care. She has gotten to the age where sleepovers and play dates require much more than just pushing her and her friends on swing sets. I also have to be the eyes and ears of those she engages with to look for any signs that they may have issues at home or in school.

A big issue for school aged children is food. During the school year, each child has access to school lunch. Most recently, New York has made headlines for being the first state to offer free lunch to each student in public schools. But what happens during those summer months when school lunch isn’t available?

Feeding America and Scholastic have teamed up to launch their Hungry To Help program which aims to bring communities and families together to help end hunger over the summer months. This past summer, Feeding America went coast to coast on an informative tour to talk about ending child hunger. And they did it all in an old fashioned ice cream truck! They hit 7 cities, spent 80 hours, and covered 3,210 miles to spread their message.

As a mother, it is important to me that I teach my daughter how to recognize if a friend is hungry. Signs such as watching out for over eating, weight loss, fatigue, and fear when it comes to discussing home life could all be signs that point to a child facing food neglect. Scholastic even provides resources on their website that helps parents figure out conversation starters to approach children on the topic of hunger.

One of the most engaging methods is the Family Action Plan which is designed to be a comprehensive resource for parents and children to practice empathy and learn more about how they can support those who struggle with hunger. The Family Action Plan includes:

  • Links and online resources for more in depth information
  • Family conversation starters on the topic of hunger
  • Hands on community action ideas and family activities
  • Children’s activity sheet to draw their perfect world
  • A summer checklist to track their progress

Parent to parent, my main goal here is to emphasize the importance of this program and to get you to download the Family Action Plan, not only for your family but for the children around you who may not have a voice in the fight against childhood hunger. To find out more information on The Hungry To Help program, you can visit Scholastic’s website here and Feeding America’s website here. I would love to hear more about how the Family Action Plan is helping your family fight summer hunger!

With love,

-Shanicia

This post is sponsored by Feeding America and Scholastic. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Hi, I’m Shanicia! I live in Atlanta, GA. I’m a fulltime mom to one pretty rambuncious little girl. I love cooking, coloring Mandalas, and reading. To find out why I started Black Moms Blog, read our very first blog post!

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