Fun Fore All to End Childhood Hunger

Think of five children you know. Mine can be two of them, why not.

Of those five children, it’s likely that one of the five is affected by Childhood Hunger (based on a stat that I was given for this post).

Now think about you as an adult. How does it feel when you are hungry? Not so good, right? Likely, you’re able to get yourself something to satisfy that hunger (and if you’re not, head on over to www.pittsburghfoodbank.org to get some assistance – it’s a judge free zone). But that feeling of hunger is not so fun. When I am hungry, I am mean and unstable. I can’t think. I can’t do anything but crave food NOW.

Go back to those kiddos you thought of. If one of them is lacking proper nutrition because their family does not have the resources to feed them, they are likely going to suffer in school, have short and long term health issues, or have behavioral problems.

Hopefully I am  not the only one whose heart gets heavy when they hear this information. Actually, I know I am not. The Kids Campaign to End Hunger (through Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank) makes sure that kids get enough to eat. They also educate children about how to help, organize fundraisers, and provides volunteer opportunities to raise awareness and support.

That’s where the Fun Fore All comes in. Fun Fore All is a miniature golf event that will be held on Saturday, May 31 at Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township. The cost to participate is $25 per person which includes 18 holes of miniature golf, a swag bag with goodies, lunch, and a Putting an End to Hunger t-shirt. You can enter a foursome, or attend as a single, double, or triple group and be paired up with other awesome ‘Burghers who are there to help with the cause, too.

Greg and I will be there, and we’d love to have you join us, too. Tickets are available for purchase through this link and proceeds from the event will go toward Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Kids Campaign to End Hunger.

Let’s do one ‘lil thing to help in a big way, Pittsburgh. Hearts.

Fun Fore All

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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank facts from 2012-2013:
  • Distributed 27,014,117 pounds of food and other essential items to low-income individuals and families
  • Completed 186 Produce to People distributions, serving 16 distressed neighborhoods and 198,399 people and distributing nearly 3.7 million pounds of food and non-food products
  • Expanded the Summer Food Service Outreach Program to Somerset and Butler Counties and are continuing outreach in Fayette, Beaver, Lawrence, and Greene Counties, serving nearly 10,000 children
  • Collected 475,040 pounds of food and non-food products, valued at $802,817, through community food drives
  • Harvested 114,903 pounds of produce (that otherwise would have gone to waste) from local farms during 47 gleaning sessions
  • Purchased forklifts, freezers, and other essential equipment to help our member agencies better accommodate the families they serve
  • Engaged 13,333 volunteers (including 4,280 new volunteers) for a total of 70,043 service hours, helping them repackage and distribute food to people in need
  • Increased distribution of healthy produce by more than 900,000 pounds, distributing 5,972,903 pounds
  • Conducted 260 Speaker’s Bureau presentations in the region, reaching 18,694 people

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Disclaimer: I was asked to share the above information as part of a campaign with The Motherhood. That means I was compensated to be a Blogger Ambassador, but all opinions are my own.

TwEAT OUT for #NoKidHungry

Hopefully you enjoyed my earlier post about the #BlogMob #Hunger at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. This whole month is dedicated to fighting hunger, and I am excited to share with you one more way you can help out.

From September 16 to 22, you can visit participating restaurants and dine out for No Kid Hungry. What does that mean? That means that when you and your family have dinner this week, you can help Share Our Strength with programs to end childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength is an organization that I was introduced to through buying cookies at a Tastefully Simple party. They have nutrition programs (school breakfasts, summer lunch meals) that I have myself benefited from (and seen great benefits as a teacher), so this is near and dear to my heart. Money raised through this week will help keep these programs going.

If you are in the Pittsburgh Area, our options (which you can find on the map) are:

  • Denny’s ($3+ = coupon book worth $5)
  • Arby’s ($1 donation = coupon for free Value Menu with the purchase of a sandwich)
  • Joe’s Crab Shack ($1 donation = free Key Lime Pie, $5 = Crab Nachos, $10 = Classic Steampot)
  • Bruegger’s ($3+ = $20 coupon book)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings ($0.50 is donated to the campaign for anything you order from the Tablegating Sampler menu)
  • First Watch Restaurants ($0.25 donated for every Kid’s Meal purchased)
  • Tic Toc (select menu items = a $1 donation to No Kid Hungry)
  • Pita Pit ($1+ donation = $1 off next pita)
  • Round Corner Cantina (50% proceeds of chips and salsa menu)

Here’s how you can help spread the word, even if you are unable to dine out this week:

  • Follow @Dine_Out and @NoKidHungry on Twitter and retweet their messages. Use the hashtag #NoKidHungry when you are talking about this!
  • Share this tweet (copy and paste): I’m dining out for #NoKidHungry this week. Join me by finding a participating restaurant in your area: Finder
  • “Like” No Kid Hungry on Facebook
  • Share this blog post with your friends and family.

Wasted Food

Yesterday, WTAE shared a startling article from CNN: 40% of US Food Wasted. 40%! September is Hunger Action Month, so this has me thinking hard.

Earlier this week, I got angry over spoiled milk. Bad milk made me waste not only the milk, but 6 eggs, too. The next day, we threw out leftovers and some rotten berries. ‘lil Man is usually good for spilling food on the floor, forcing us throw it out. We are not alone. The report found that Americans toss out 25% of the food and beverages they buy–it’s a hard metric to hear, but I am pretty sure we come decently close to that.

If we were more mindful of our purchases and didn’t make large portions (something we’ve been way better at as of the past year), a lot less would be thrown out. Retailers who overstock shelves and displays are part of the blame. Last year, I toured the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for #blogmob and learned that my employer sends just about to be thrown out goods to the Food Bank for immediate distribution–this includes milk, veggies, even cakes. I can pretty much guarantee you that hungry people don’t waste near as much as we do. First World Problems.

It’s not a joke, it’s a serious issue. Consumers aren’t the only ones wasting–I cringe when I think of the 20ish tomatoes/peppers we’ve lost this summer due to rot. 7% of crops aren’t harvested! Produce is determined as inedible…I think of all our tomatoes with drought rings. If I looked at them, I’d say they were inedible, but guess what? They were amazingly juicy and delicious!

Things won’t change if we don’t stop and think about the facts. In the Olympic Closing Ceremony, one of the songs played was “Imagine” (John Lennon). I cannot wait until we can live as one, when we aren’t so selfish anymore. What will you do to help this dream?